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Luxor West Bank and East Bank - News 2014
What's going on in and around Luxor?
February 2014

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Missing Parts of Colossi of Memnon Found at Amenhotep III Temple, Luxor West Bank

(20/02/14)
In many years the European-Egyptian mission led by Hourig Sourouzian works on the site of the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III in Kom el-Hettan. Again and again the archaeologists bring statues or fragments of these to light (see the news from 02/03/10, 22/03/10, 17/05/10, 02/10/10, 16/12/10, 27/04/11, 31/05/11, 07/02/13, 18/02/13 and from 12/03/13). So on 16/02/14. This time quarzite blocks were disccovered, on of them belongs to the right arm of the northern colossus.
The gigantic statues had been broken and scattered around the area during an ancient earthquake. The discovered blocks will be put on their original place after restoration.

Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III in Kom el-Hettan: Fragment of an arm, (c) MSA

Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III in Kom el-Hettan: Mission with the fragment of an arm, (c) MSA



17th Dynasty Sarcophagus Discovered in Dra Abu el-Naga, Luxor West Bank

(18/02/14)
On 13/02/14 the Ministry of Antiquities announced the new find: The Spanish-Egyptian mission of the Proyecto Djehuti led by José Manuel Galán unearthed an anthropoid wooden sarcophagus dating back to the 17th Dynasty at the forecourt of the tomb of Djehuty (TT11) in Dra Abu el-Naga. The 2 metre long sarcophagus is decorated with hieroglyphs and feathers (so-called rischi coffin). It still contained the 3,600-year-old mummy of an unknown high governmental official. His identity will now be studied.
The Proyecto Djehuti works in Dra Abu el-Naga since December 2000. Since then the mission made several extraordinary discoveries (see the news from 22/06/11, 09/08/12, 31/01/13 and 09/04/13).

Newly discovered 17th Dynasty sarcophagus, (c) MSA

Newly discovered 17th Dynasty sarcophagus, (c) MSA



Proof for a Co-Regency of Amenhotep III and IV?, Luxor West Bank

(06/02/14)
Today, the Minister of Antiquities Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim announced a very special discovery in El-Asasif. The Spanish mission of the Instituto de Estudios del Antiguo Egipto excavated remains of walls and columns in the tomb of the Vizier Amen-Hotep Huy (TT28). They carry scenes showing Amenhotep III and Amenhotep IV (the later Akhenaten) as well as hieroglyphic inscriptions of the names of both pharaohs in juxtaposition. They date exactly at the beginning of the first Heb-Sed of Amenhotep III (in the statement mistakenly: Amenhotep II) in the 30th year of his reign. The archaeologists consider it as a proof for the yet unproved co-regency of the two pharaohs. The tomb itself was discovered in 1978.

Tomb of Amen-Hotep Huy, el-Asasif, Luxor West Bank

Cartouche 1: Amun hotep Neb-maat-Re, (c) MSA

Cartouche 2: Amun hotep Nefer-cheperu-Re-wa-en-Re, (c) MSA



Visit of the Theban Mapping Project Library, Luxor West Bank

(01/02/14)
Did you know that we have a nice little public library on the west bank? It was founded by the famous American egyptologist and director of the Theban Mapping Project, Kent Weeks, in October 2011 and is located in the district of Tod. The librarian's name is Ahmed Hassan.
The library collection contains both Arabic and English books - all in all about 3000. Of course there are many egyptological and archaeological books, which should support the education of site managers, inspectors, conservators, tour guides and students. However, the library has other target groups, too, which are invited to read books in the reading room or in the garden:

  • Children: English and Arabic children's books on Egyptian history
    aim to animate them to read or learn to read.
  • Young women: They find books on health, prenatal care, diet and nutrition.
  • Young men: The library provides books on agriculture, exercise, motorcycle maintenance and business.

Beside the local people expats are also welcome. In addition to the already mentioned subjects there are lexica, language guides, travel guides and novels as well as books on science, medicine, architecture and natural history. The library has several egyptological journals and an extensive collection of topographical, archaeological, geological and historical maps. On Fridays there are sometimes lectures on current excavations.
If you own good books that you don't need anymore - the library will be happy about donations! For example: In the travel guide there are just 5 books on England.
Location: The library is situated on a small street in Tod, El-Bei'rat (site plan).
Opening hours : in winter 1 - 6 pm, in summer 3 - 8 pm
Contact: Ahmed Hassan, tel. on the site plan!

Theban Mapping Project Library, Luxor West Bank Theban Mapping Project Library, Luxor West Bank

Theban Mapping Project Library, Luxor West Bank

Theban Mapping Project Library, Luxor West Bank

Theban Mapping Project Library, Luxor West Bank

 



 
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