Keyword: 18thdynasty

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  • Chain Reaction [nuke plant a shock - rimshot! - to Zahi Hawass]

    01/18/2007 10:55:52 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Egypt Today ^ | January 2007 | unattributed
    News of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy's plan to set up a nuclear power plant in the North Coast Daba'a region has come as a shock to Dr. Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), who identified the area as one recognized in antiquated maps as the site of the ancient city of Zefrium. According to Hawass, the entire stretch between Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, including Daba'a, is riddled with ruins covering the Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman eras. The SCA head was also quick to point out that when the Daba'a area was...
  • US dig uncovers King Tut's neighbours

    02/08/2006 10:48:04 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies · 1,625+ views
    The Age ^ | February 9, 2006 - 2:26AM
    AN American archaeological mission discovered a tomb in Luxor's Valley of the Kings next to the burial place of King Tut, Egyptian antiquities authorities have announced. An excavation team from the University of Memphis made the find five metres from Tutankhamun's tomb, while the mission was doing routine excavation work, said Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. Some three metres beneath the ground, the tomb contained five human mummies with coloured funerary masks enclosed in sarcophagi and several large storage jars. The mummies date to the 18th dynasty (circa 1539-1292 BC).
  • Quest for the tomb of Amenhotep I

    12/24/2005 4:45:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 518+ views
    Al-Ahram Weekly ^ | 22 - 28 December 2005 | Zahi Hawass
    In the area Niwinski found about 250 graffiti, some representing fish, dogs and human figures that could be dated to the pre-dynastic period. Five graffiti were found from the 21st Dynasty belonging to a scribe named, Botig Amun. Earthquakes in the area had shifted the rocks and revealed eight passages behind the temple. These passages had been made by thieves searching for tombs and treasure, and we know from the Abbott papyri that thieves entered the area and reached the bedrock. They also investigated the area horizontally. Inside one of the tunnels more graffiti was discovered. Niwinski found that some...
  • Excavations at Karnak Temple complex... with rewarding results.

    11/28/2002 7:36:37 AM PST · by vannrox · 8 replies · 374+ views
    Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875 ^ | FR Post 11-27-2002 | Nevine El- Aref
      21 - 27 November 2002 Issue No. 613Heritage Current issuePrevious issueSite map Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875 Send a letter to the Editor Recommend this page Print-friendly Fruitful seasons Excavations at Karnak Temple complex have been focusing on areas hitherto little explored, with rewarding results. Nevine El-Aref takes a look Priests of the first millennium BC resided in the area beyond the fourth pylon of the Pharaoh Tuthmosis III. It is here and at the temenos (outer temple) wall built by the same Pharaoh, the Osirian zone, and the courtyard between the eighth and ninth...
  • About 50 Mummies Discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings

    04/29/2014 4:15:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    NBC news ^ | April 28th 2014 | Reuters
    CAIRO — Remains of about 50 mummies, including newborn babies, thought to belong to the 18th Dynasty were found in a huge tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said Monday. Wooden coffins and death masks were found beside the bodies, probably dating from the New Kingdom, state news agency MENA quoted Ibrahim as saying. The New Kingdom takes in Egypt's 18th, 19th and 20th pharaonic dynasties, dating between about 1567 and 1085 B.C. According to initial studies of the find, princes and princesses were among the bodies found in the tomb, which had...
  • The Greek Age of Bronze -- Middle Helmets

    Outside the Greek mainland and Aegean Island a possible representation of Achaean warriors equipped with boar tusks helmets is from an Egyptian papyrus fragments from Tell el-Amarna, home of Amenhotep III's son, dated around 1350 BC (*2). In this papyrus some warriors are depicted with conical pale-yellow helmets which remaind in general design the typical Aegean boar tusks helmet. This identification is strengthened by the find of a piece of boar’s tusk, with perforations for attaching it to a leather frame, during excavations at Qantir, the site of the Ramesside capital Pi-ramesse in the eastern delta. It appears likely that...
  • Archaeologists find statue of Tutankhamun's grandad

    10/02/2010 4:13:58 PM PDT · by decimon · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | October 2, 2010 | Unknown
    CAIRO (AFP) – Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed part a 3,000-year-old statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, believed to be the grandfather of the young King Tutankhamun, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Saturday. "The statue was found near the northern entrance of Amenhotep III's temple and depicts the king sitting down on a throne with Amun," the chief deity, Hawass said. The red-granite top half of the statue was discovered at the site of the Amenhotep III's funerary temple in the southern city of Luxor, Hawass said. The newly-discovered artifact which measures 130 cm (51 inches) in height and 95...
  • Team Unearths Statue of Egypt's Queen Ti

    01/23/2006 8:00:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies · 1,229+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/23/06 | AP
    LUXOR, Egypt - A Johns Hopkins University archaeological team has unearthed a statue of Queen Ti, one of the most important women in ancient Egypt and wife of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities announced Monday. The statue, mostly intact, was found under a statue of Amenhotep III in the sprawling Karnak Temple in Luxor, which was a royal city in ancient Egypt. Ti was the first queen of Egypt to have her name appear on official acts alongside that of her husband. She was known for her influence in state affairs in the reigns of both her...
  • Statue of King Tut's grandfather unearthed in Egypt

    10/03/2010 8:11:05 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/3/10 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed part a 3,400-year-old statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, believed to be the grandfather of the young King Tutankhamun, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Saturday. 'The statue was found near the northern entrance of Amenhotep III's temple and depicts the king sitting down on a throne with Amun,' the chief deity, Hawass said. The 4ft by 3ft statue of Amenhotep III in Kom el-Hittan was discovered at the site of the pharaoh's mortuary temple in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt's Ministry of Culture said. The temple is one of the largest on the west...
  • Mystery of Tut's Father: New Clues on Unidentified Mummy

    07/10/2007 4:52:43 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 852+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 7-10-2007 | Brian Handwerk
    Mystery of Tut's Father: New Clues on Unidentified Mummy Brian Handwerk for National Geographic News July 10, 2007 Egyptologists have uncovered new evidence that bolsters the controversial theory that a mysterious mummy is the corpse of the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten, husband of Nefertiti and, some experts believe, the father of King Tut. (Photos: Who Was Tut's Father?) The mummy's identity has generated fierce debate ever since its discovery in 1907 in tomb KV 55, located less than 100 feet (30 meters) from King Tutankhamun's then hidden burial chamber. So an international team of researchers led by Zahi Hawass, head of...
  • Two Colossal Statues Unveiled in Luxor

    03/24/2014 1:02:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014 | unattributed
    Two additional colossal statues of Amenhotep III were unveiled in Luxor yesterday, along with a carved alabaster head from another Amenhotep III statue. Archaeologists say that the severely damaged statues, carved from red quartzite, are now situated on their original sites at the pharaoh’s funerary temple. The first depicts Amenhotep III in a seated position, wearing a royal pleated kilt held at the waist by a decorated belt. The second shows the king standing and has been placed at the north gate of the temple. “The statues had lain in pieces for centuries in the fields, damaged by destructive forces...
  • Nefertiti's 'Love Affair' With Moses to Hit the Silver Screen

    04/08/2005 4:21:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 211 replies · 6,271+ views
    Yahoo News! ^ | Fri Apr 8
    CAIRO (AFP) - A Hollywood flick on an alleged love affair between pharaonic Queen Nefertiti and the Biblical Prophet Moses is soon to begin shooting in Egypt, renowned British producer John Heyman has revealed to AFP. "Nefertiti married perhaps one of the first monotheists in history and the film will tell their story, which logically enough should be set in Egypt" said Heyman on a brief visit to Cairo. "One can find in the Old Testament that Moses and Nefertiti had a relationship," he added. The movie will also deal "with the return to the worship of the sun god,"...
  • Archaeologists find Queen of Sheba's palace at Axum, Ethiopia

    05/08/2008 6:33:17 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 45 replies · 1,453+ views
    Hamburg - Archaeologists believe they have found the Queen of Sheba's palace at Axum, Ethiopia and an altar which held the most precious treasure of ancient Judaism, the Ark of the Covenant, the University of Hamburg said Wednesday. Scientists from the German city made the startling find during their spring excavation of the site over the past three months. The Ethiopian queen was the bride of King Solomon of Israel in the 10th century before the Christian era. The royal match is among the memorable events in the Bible. Ethiopian tradition claims the Ark, which allegedly contained Moses' stone...
  • DNA clues to Queen of Sheba tale

    06/23/2012 9:34:37 PM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 June 2012 | Helen Briggs
    Clues to the origins of the Queen of Sheba legend are written in the DNA of some Africans, according to scientists.Genetic research suggests Ethiopians mixed with Egyptian, Israeli or Syrian populations about 3,000 years ago. This is the time the queen, mentioned in great religious works, is said to have ruled the kingdom of Sheba. The research, published in The American Journal of Human Genetics, also sheds light on human migration out of Africa 60,000 years ago.According to fossil evidence, human history goes back longer in Ethiopia than anywhere else in the world. But little has been known until now...
  • Hatshepsut mummy found

    03/26/2006 8:43:05 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies · 4,775+ views
    Egyptian State News Service ^ | Friday, March 24, 2006 | unattributed
    The true mummy of ancient Egyptian queen Hatshepsut was discovered in the third floor of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Secretary General of Supreme Council for Antiquities Zahi Hawwas revealed on Thursday. The mummy was missing among thousands of artifacts lying in the museum, he said during his lecture at the New York-based Metropolitan Museum of Arts. He said for decades archaeologists believed that a mummy found in Luxor was that of the Egyptian queen. It was a streak of luck, he said, to find this mummy. The Metropolitan is hosting a Hatshepsut exhibition that displays 270 artifacts on the...
  • Sailing To Punt

    02/17/2006 10:11:15 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 347+ views
    Al-Ahram ^ | 2-17-2006
    Sailing to PuntWell-preserved wrecks of Pharaonic seafaring vessels unearthed last week on the Red Sea coast reveal that the Ancient Egyptians enjoyed advanced maritime technology, Nevine El-Aref reports The long-held belief that the Ancient Egyptians did not tend to travel long distances by sea because of poor naval technology proved fallacious last week when timbers, rigging and cedar planks were unearthed in the ancient Red Sea port of Marsa Gawasis, 23 kilometres south of Port Safaga. The remains of seafaring vessels were found in four large, hand-hewn caves which were probably used as storage or boat houses from the Middle...
  • Archeologists Find Ancient Ship Remains (cargo carriers between Pharaonic Egypt and Punt)

    01/27/2006 6:14:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 584+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/27/06 | AP
    CAIRO, Egypt - An American-Italian team of archaeologists has found the remains of 4,000-year-old ships that used to carry cargo between Pharaonic Egypt and the mysterious, exotic land of Punt, the Supreme Council of Antiquities has announced. The ships' remains were found during a five-year excavation of five caves south of the Red Sea port of Safaga, about 300 miles southeast of Cairo, the chairman of the supreme council, Zahi Hawass, said in a statement late Thursday. The archaeologists, who came from Boston and East Naples universities, found Pharaonic seals from the era of Sankhkare Mentuhotep III, one of seven...
  • The Queen Who Would Be King [ Hatshepsut ]

    09/17/2006 10:27:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 1,391+ views
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | September 2006 | Elizabeth B. Wilson
    Hatshepsut seems to have idolized her father (she would eventually have him reburied in the tomb she was having built for herself) and would claim that soon after her birth he had named her successor to his throne, an act that scholars feel would have been highly unlikely... [I]t was the accepted New Kingdom practice for widowed queens to act as regents, handling the affairs of government until their sons -- in this case, stepson/ nephew -- came of age... says Peter Dorman, an Egyptologist at the University of Chicago and a contributor to the exhibition catalog. "But it's also...
  • Mummy of Egyptian queen Hatshepsut may have been found (in a humble tomb in the Valley of the Kings)

    06/25/2007 8:05:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 1,521+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/25/07 | Jonathan Wright
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptologists think they have identified with certainty the mummy of Hatshepsut, the most famous queen to rule ancient Egypt, found in a humble tomb in the Valley of the Kings, an archaeologist said on Monday. Egypt's chief archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, will hold a news conference in Cairo on Wednesday. The Discovery Channel said he would announce what it called the most important find in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of King Tutankhamun. The archaeologist, who asked not to be named, said the candidate for identification as the mummy of Hatshepsut was one of two...
  • Egyptologists Think They Have Hatshepsut's Mummy

    06/26/2007 2:41:36 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 710+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6-26-2007 | Jonathan Wright
    Egyptologists Think They Have Hatshepsut's MummySculpted Head to show Egyptian Headress taken at Met. Museum of Art.Jonathan Wright June 25, 2007 Egyptologists think they have identified with certainty the mummy of Hatshepsut, the most famous queen to rule ancient Egypt, found in a humble tomb in the Valley of the Kings, an archaeologist said on Monday. Egypt's chief archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, will hold a news conference in Cairo on Wednesday. The Discovery Channel said he would announce what it called the most important find in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of King Tutankhamun. Related Stories Egyptians Find...
  • Egypt to use DNA tests to identify pharaoh Tuthmosis

    07/04/2007 4:21:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 228+ views
    Reuters Africa ^ | Tuesday July 3, 2007 | unattributed
    Egypt will run DNA tests on an unidentified mummy to determine whether it is the pharaoh Tuthmosis I, who ruled over a period of military expansion and extensive construction, state news agency MENA said on Tuesday. Egypt's chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass said the findings would be compared with DNA from mummies of known members of Tuthmosis's family, including Queen Hatshepsut, whose mummy was identified last week, and Kings Tuthmosis II and III, according to MENA. Hawass said on Wednesday that he had recently concluded that a mummy once assumed to be that of Tuthmosis I was not in fact his,...
  • Manchester University Helps With Pharaoh Analysis (Hatshepsut)

    07/16/2007 7:19:32 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 910+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 7-16-2007 | University Of Manchester
    Contact: Aeron Haworth 44-771-788-1563 University of Manchester Manchester University helps with pharaoh DNA analysisPreliminary results support positive identification of Egyptian queen Preliminary results from DNA tests carried out on a mummy believed to be Queen Hatshepsut is expected to support the claim by Egyptian authorities that the remains are indeed those of Egypt’s most powerful female ruler. Egyptologists in Cairo announced last month that a tooth found in a wooden box associated with Hatshepsut exactly fitted the jaw socket and broken root of the unidentified mummy. Now, Dr Angelique Corthals, a biomedical Egyptologist at The University of Manchester, says...
  • Months after mummy claim, DNA science still lags [Hatshepsut]

    12/23/2007 5:41:53 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 240+ views ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2007 | Associated Press
    So far, results indicate the linen-wrapped mummy is most likely, but not conclusively, the female pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut... Running its own ancient-DNA lab is a major step forward for Egypt, which for decades has seen foreigners take most of the credit for major discoveries in the country... But the Hatshepsut discovery also highlights the struggle to back up recent spectacular findings in Egypt, including the unearthing of ancient tombs and mummies, investigations into how King Tut died, and even the discovery in the Siwa oasis of possibly the world's oldest human footprint... In June Egypt announced that Hatshepsut's mummy had...
  • Is She Or Isn't She? Mummy Lab Working To ID Pharaoh Queen

    12/25/2007 3:23:08 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 195+ views
    CNN ^ | 12-24-2007
    Is she or isn't she? Mummy lab working to ID pharaoh queen CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Months after Egypt boldly announced that archaeologists had identified a mummy as the most powerful queen of her time, scientists in a museum basement are still analyzing DNA from the bald, 3,500-year-old corpse to try to back up the claim aired on TV. DNA testing continues on these mummified remains thought to be Queen Hatshepsut. So far, results indicate the linen-wrapped mummy is most likely, but not conclusively, the female pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled for 20 years in the 15th century B.C. Running...
  • The King Herself [ the pharaoh Hatshepsut ]

    04/05/2009 7:42:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 975+ views
    National Geographic ^ | April 2009 | Chip "Brindle" Brown
    In 1903 the renowned archaeologist Howard Carter had found Hatshepsut's sarcophagus in the 20th tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings -- KV20. The sarcophagus, one of three Hatshepsut had prepared, was empty. Scholars did not know where her mummy was or whether it had even survived the campaign to eradicate the record of her rule during the reign of her co-regent and ultimate successor, Thutmose III, when almost all the images of her as king were systematically chiseled off temples, monuments, and obelisks... Zahi Hawass, head of the Egyptian Mummy Project and secretary general of the Supreme Council...
  • Sailing into antiquity: BU archeologist unearths clues about ancient Egypt's sea trade

    01/14/2010 7:20:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 466+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Monday, January 11, 2010 | Colin Nickerson
    ...Boston University archeologist Kathryn Bard and her colleagues are uncovering the oldest remnants of seagoing ships and other relics linked to exotic trade with a mysterious Red Sea realm called Punt... the team led by Bard and an Italian archeologist, Rodolfo Fattovich, started uncovering maritime storerooms in 2004, putting hard timber and rugged rigging to the notion of pharaonic deepwater prowess. In the most recent discovery, on Dec. 29, they located the eighth in a series of lost chambers at Wadi Gawasis after shoveling through cubic meters of rock rubble and wind-blown sand... The reconnaissance of the room and its...
  • Sail Like An Egyptian

    03/10/2009 1:36:39 PM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 853+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 09 Mar 2009 | Jeremy Hsu
    It turns out the oldest seafaring ships ever found actually work An archaeologist who examined remnants of the oldest-known seafaring ships has now put ancient Egyptian technology to the test. She teamed up with a naval architect, modern shipwrights and an on-site Egyptian archaeologist to build a replica 3,800-year-old ship for a Red Sea trial run this past December. The voyage was meant to retrace an ancient voyage that the female pharaoh Hatsheput sponsored to a place which ancient Egyptians called God's land, or Punt. Ship planks and oar blades discovered in 2006 at the caves of Wadi Gawasis provided...
  • Coils Of Ancient Egyptian Rope Found In Cave

    06/20/2008 2:50:54 PM PDT · by blam · 56 replies · 209+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | 6-20-2008 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Coils of Ancient Egyptian Rope Found in Cave Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News June 20, 2008 -- The ancient Egyptian's secret to making the strongest of all rigging ropes lies in a tangle of cord coils in a cave at the Red Sea coast, according to preliminary study results presented at the recent congress of Egyptologists in Rhodes. Discovered three years ago by archaeologists Rodolfo Fattovich of the Oriental Studies University of Naples and Kathryn Bard of Boston University, the ropes offer an unprecedented look at seafaring activities in ancient Egypt. "No ropes on this scale and this old have been...
  • Oldest Maritime Artefacts Found (Egypt)

    01/29/2007 9:37:27 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 836+ views
    Egypt online ^ | 1-28-2007
    Sunday, January 28, 2007 Oldest maritime artefacts found A cave cut in the rock has been discovered in the Pharaonic Port of Marsa Gawasis in Safaga. In December-January, archaeologists found the timbers of sea-going vessels that were over 3,500 years old at Marsa Gawasis, which was a port on Egypt's Red Sea coast in Pharaonic times. The cedar planks, which were imported from Syria, were found in two man-made caves. Among the other finds were rigging and inscriptions about expeditions to the Land of Punt. Marsa Gawasis is located on a coral reef at the northern end of the Wadi...
  • Archaeologist Discovers Ancient Ships In Egypt

    03/18/2005 11:32:08 AM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 1,152+ views
    B U Bridge ^ | 3-18-2005 | Tim Stoddard
    Archaeologist discovers ancient ships in Egypt By Tim Stoddard Kathryn Bard had “the best Christmas ever” this past December when she discovered the well-preserved timbers and riggings of pharaonic seafaring ships inside two man-made caves on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. They are the first pieces ever recovered from Egyptian seagoing vessels, and along with hieroglyphic inscriptions found near one of the caves, they promise to shed light on an elaborate network of ancient Red Sea trade. Bard, a CAS associate professor of archaeology, and her former student Chen Sian Lim (CAS’01) had been shoveling sand for scarcely an hour on...
  • Strolling on the avenue [avenue of Sphinxes]

    02/15/2010 11:47:54 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 267+ views
    Al-Ahram Weekly ^ | February 11-17, 2010 | Nevine El-Aref
    ...The 2,700-metre-long avenue of sphinxes was built during the reign of Pharaoh Nectanebo I of the [30]th-Dynasty. It replaced one built formerly in the 18th Dynasty, as Queen Hatshepsut (1502-1482 BC) recorded on the walls of her red chapel in Karnak Temple. According to this, she built six chapels dedicated to the god Amun-Re on the route of the avenue during her reign... The excavation team unearthed a large number of fragmented sphinxes that are now undergoing restoration in an effort led by SCA consultant Mahmoud Mabrouk. Once restored, they will be placed on display along the avenue... Archaeologists have...
  • Egypt's Lost Fleet -- It's Been Found

    08/02/2011 8:07:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Discovery magazine ^ | July 28, 2011 | Andrew Curry
    The scenes carved into a wall of the ancient Egyptian temple at Deir el-Bahri tell of a remarkable sea voyage. A fleet of cargo ships bearing exotic plants, animals, and precious incense navigates through high-crested waves on a journey from a mysterious land known as Punt or "the Land of God." The carvings were commissioned by Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt's greatest female pharaoh, who controlled Egypt for more than two decades in the 15th century B.C. She ruled some 2 million people and oversaw one of most powerful empires of the ancient world. The exact meaning of the detailed carvings has...
  • Archaeologist: Reign of Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose II Suggests Crisis

    04/01/2012 8:50:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    HeritageDaily ^ | March 19, 2012 | Paleontological Research Corporation
    Harvard University educated archaeologist and president of the Paleontological Research Corporation, Dr. Joel Klenck, states an array of archaeological discoveries evidence a crisis during the reign of the Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose II... in the Eighteenth Dynasty. An inscription by the succeeding Pharaoh Hatshepsut... in her Underground Temple at Speos Artemidos states that Egypt was "ruined" and "had gone to pieces" before the beginning of her reign. Hatshepsut's inscription also states that a population of "vagabonds" emerged from former Asiatic populations that once controlled northern Egypt and caused this ruination. Hatshepsut notes these vagabonds were responsible for "overthrowing that which had...
  • Searching For The Queen Of Sheba

    05/19/2005 7:03:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 1,547+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2005-05-18
    The queen of Sheba was once one of the most powerful leaders in the world but there are few clues left anywhere about this woman who ruled a rich and powerful nation somewhere in Africa -- perhaps, as some archeologists maintain, in what is now southwest Nigeria. Now, in what may be the site of her last home and gravesite, a University of Toronto professor is trying to unearth the queen's story -- partially told in the Old Testament -- as well as honouring her in the form of a new Nigerian museum and interpretive centre. "Each year both Muslim...
  • What Perfumes Did Ancient Egyptians Use? Researchers Aim To Recreate 3,500-year-old Scent

    03/24/2009 6:59:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies · 1,107+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | Adapted from materials provided by University of Bonn
    The Ancient Egyptians cherished their fragrant scents, too, as perfume flacons from this period indicate. In its permanent exhibition, Bonn University's Egyptian Museum has a particularly well preserved example on display. Screening this 3,500-year-old flacon with a computer tomograph, scientists at the university detected the desiccated residues of a fluid, which they now want to submit to further analysis. They might even succeed in reconstructing this scent... Pharaoh Hatshepsut... perfume is also presumably a demonstration of her power. "We think it probable that one constituent was frankincense -- the scent of the gods," Michael Höveler-Müller declares. This idea is not...
  • Deadly medication?(Pharaoh Hatshepsut)

    08/19/2011 7:24:33 AM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies
    University of Bonn ^ | August 19, 2011 | Unknown
    Bonn scientists shed light on the dark secret of Queen Hatshepsut's flaconThe corpus delicti is a plain flacon from among the possessions of Pharaoh Hatshepsut, who lived around 1450 B.C., which is on exhibit in the permanent collection of the Egyptian Museum of the University of Bonn. For three and a half millennia, the vessel may have held a deadly secret. This is what the Head of the collection, Michael Höveler-Müller and Dr. Helmut Wiedenfeld from the university's Pharmacology Institute just discovered. After two years of research it is now clear that the flacon did not hold a perfume; instead,...
  • A different take on Tut

    02/16/2014 2:27:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Alvin Powell ^ | February 11, 2013 | Harvard
    In recent years, DNA analysis has shed light on the parents of Egypt’s most famous pharaoh, the boy king Tutankhamun, known to the world as King Tut. Genetic investigation identified his father as Akhenaten and his mother as Akhenaten’s sister, whose name was unknown. French Egyptologist Marc Gabolde offered a different interpretation of the DNA evidence on Thursday. Speaking at Harvard’s Science Center, Gabolde said he’s convinced that Tut’s mother was not his father’s sister, but rather his father’s first cousin, Nefertiti. Nefertiti was already known to be Akhenaten’s wife and in fact the two had six daughters. Gabolde believes...
  • Spanish, Egyptian Archaeologists Make Discovery That Changes Chronology of the Pharaohs

    02/15/2014 1:33:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Hispanically Speaking ^ | February 8, 2014 | unattributed
    A team of Spanish and Egyptian archaeologists made a find in a southern Egyptian tomb that opens the way to a reinterpretation of Pharaonic chronology, since it could show that Amenhotep III and his son Amenhotep IV reigned together. The team, headed by Spaniard Francisco Martin Valentin and funded by Spain’s Gaselec foundation, excavated the remains of a wall and columns of the mausoleum of a minister of the 18th Pharaonic dynasty - 1569-1315 B.C. - in the province of Luxor. What is exceptional about the discovery, Martin Valentin told Efe, is that in the excavation they found the names...
  • Big statue of Amenhotep III discovered in Luxor

    03/25/2008 11:13:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies · 525+ views
    Egypt State Information Service ^ | Saturday, March 22, 2008 | unattributed
    A big statue of King Amenhotep III has been discovered by an Egyptian-German archeological mission in Luxor, said an Egyptian official on Friday 21/2/2008. The mission succeeded in collecting 100 pieces of another statue of Amenhotep III, Luxor Antiquities Director Mansour Borayek said. Led by Egyptologist Horig Sourouzian, the mission unearthed two heads of Sphinx in addition to seven statues of goddess Sekhmet on the western bank in Luxor, he added. In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet was originally the warrior goddess of Upper Egypt. She is depicted as a lioness. Amenhotep III was the ninth pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty. He...
  • Statue of Pharaonic queen discovered in south Egypt (Queen Tiy, wife of Pharaoh Amenhotep III)

    03/22/2008 4:48:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 605+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/22/08 | AFP
    LUXOR, Egypt (AFP) - Egyptian and European archeologists on Saturday announced they had discovered a giant statue of an ancient pharaonic queen on the spectacular south Egypt site of the Colossi of Memnon. The statue represents Queen Tiy, the wife of 18th dynasty Pharaoh Amenhotep III, and stands 3.62 metres high (almost 12 feet). It was discovered around the site of the massive Colossi of Memnon twin statues that command the road to Luxor's famed Valley of the Kings. Two sphinx representing Tiy and Amenhotep III as well as 10 statues in black granite of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet, who...
  • An unidentified royal statue head found in Luxor

    12/30/2013 4:16:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Ahram ^ | Thursday 26 Dec 2013 | Nevine El-Aref
    A black granite head of an unidentified New Kingdom king's statue has been uncovered in Luxor The Egyptian-Spanish archaeological mission unearthed on Thursday a large granite head of a statue of an unidentified New Kingdom king during routine excavation at King Thutmose III’s funerary temple on Luxor’s west bank. Mohamed Abdel-Maqsoud, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Section at the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA), explained that the head is 29.6cm high, 24.3cm wide and 26.9cm deep. The head depicts a round face of a royal figure, not identified yet, wearing a wig, with traces of a broken nose,...
  • King Tut’s Sister Stolen in Massive Museum Heist

    11/15/2013 9:58:11 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11-15-13 | Lana Zak
    PRETORIA, South Africa – King Tut’s sister is missing and Egypt has issued an international alert for her return. UNESCO and Interpol are working with Egyptian authorities to recover the priceless artifact, a limestone figurine of the young pharaoh’s sister from the 14th century BC. The young girl holds a piece of fruit and her hair flows loosely on one side–a symbol of her youth–but her head is held high, a decidedly regal look on her face. “This constitutes irreversible damage to the history and identity of the Egyptian people,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO. The statuette, “A...
  • Mysterious Toe Rings Found on Ancient Egyptian Skeletons

    07/06/2013 12:22:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 5 July 2013 | Owen Jarus
    Archaeologists have discovered two ancient Egyptian skeletons, dating back more than 3,300 years, which were each buried with a toe ring made of copper alloy, the first time such rings have been found in ancient Egypt. The toe rings were likely worn while the individuals were still alive, and the discovery leaves open the question of whether they were worn for fashion or magical reasons. Supporting the magical interpretation, one of the rings was found on the right toe of a male, age 35-40, whose foot had suffered a fracture along with a broken femur above it. Unique rings in...
  • Enormous statue of powerful pharoah unearthed

    04/26/2011 5:31:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | 04-26-2011 | Staff
    CAIRO — Archeologists unearthed one of the largest statues to date of a powerful ancient Egyptian pharoah at his mortuary temple in the southern city of Luxor, the country's antiquities authority announced Tuesday. The 13 meter (42 foot) tall statue of Amenhotep III was one of pair that flanked the northern entrance to the grand funerary temple on the west bank of the Nile that is currently the focus of a major excavation. The statue consists of seven large quartzite blocks and still lacks a head and was actually first discovered in the 1970s and then rehidden, according to the...