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A round up of news highlights from Issue 128


Ritual Tools at Buto

An Egyptian team working at Tell el-Fara’in, the “Hill of the Pharaohs” at the site of ancient Buto (Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate) has discovered a group of tools used in religious temple rituals for the goddess Hathor. Part of a limestone pillar in the form of Hathor was also discovered, together with other finds including faience incense burners, ceremonial pots, small statues of Tawaret, a gold Wadjet eye and ivory plaques depicting figures presenting offerings. 


Transit Area for Alexandria

A Graeco-Roman residential and commercial suburb, which may have been an entry point to the city for visitors and trade goods, has been discovered in the Shatby area of Alexandria. The area was built on a grid with a main street and perpendicular side streets, all of which were linked to a sewage network. A large number of wells and cisterns supplied the suburb with water. One sector is believed to have been a commercial market with workshops where votive objects were made and sold.


Luxor Palace Demolition

The historic 1897 Tawfiq Pasha Andraos Palace adjacent to Luxor Temple has been demolished in spite of calls for its preservation as important part of the history of Luxor. A televised announcement stated that the 120 year old building was on the verge of collapse following illegal excavations carried out underneath the structure.


Mummy Faces Recreated

An American DNA technology company that develops therapeutic and forensic products has used their expertise to recreate the faces of three ancient Egyptian mummies. DNA from the mummy remains was analysed using DNA phenotyping to predict the ancestry, skin colour and facial morphology of the three men. These findings were then used to create 3D images of the men’s faces as they would have looked at the age of 25. The results suggest that ancient Egyptians were more similar to modern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern peoples than to modern Egyptians.


Peripheral Atherosclerosis

The first cases of peripheral atherosclerosis in Egyptian mummies have been found by German and British scientists. The disease has been found in the large arteries of some mummies, but this is the first example involving the smaller distal vessels that supply the legs.


In Brief

•    At Karnak, recently discovered ram heads have been reattached to their sphinx bodies as part of the Avenue of Sphinxes (or “Ram Road”) restoration project

•    Three new lintel blocks have been discovered at Karnak, one of which carries the cartouche of Thutmose III

•    The first phase of restoration work on the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak has now been completed, revealing the surviving colour on some of the columns


For more on these and other news and discoveries check out the news section of the current issue.


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