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Living in Luxor - News in and around Luxor in January 2011


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Anubis is not an Egyptian Jackal but African Wolf

Everywhere, Anubis the god of embalming and the dead is described and depicted as a jackal or a jackal-headed human. Now, through genetic tests, scientists proofed that the Egyptian Jackal (until now referred to as Canis aureus lupaster) is not a subspecies of the Golden Jackal (Canis aureus) but subspecies of the Grey Wolf (Canis lupus). Wolfes and jackals form separate species within the genus of Canis.
Together with the Indian wolf and the Himalayan wolf the Egyptian jackal seems to represent an ancient wolf lineage which most likely colonized Africa prior to the northern hemisphere radiation. Acccording to the research results the former Egyptian Jackal prospectively should be referred to as African wolf.
Source: Eli Knispel Rueness et al.: The Cryptic African Wolf, in: PLoS ONE, January 2011 | Volume 6 | Issue 1 | e16385 (229 KB)

Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) Anubis, ancient Egyptian god of death Golden Jackal (Canis aureus)

Opening of the Avenue of the Sphinxes, Luxor East Bank

After five years of recreating the 2.7 km long processional route that 3300 years ago connected Luxor and Karnak temples, the Avenue of the Sphinxes will be opened in February 2011, as Al-Ahram Weekly Online reports. The project is part of a master plan that develops the whole City of Luxor into an open-air museum, until 2030, and has 3 phases: delimitation, excavation, and restoration of the area (total costs: LE 60 millions = EUR 7.54 millions). 650 sphinxes of the original 1,350 were unearthed, 216 of them very well preserved. According to the ancient model the missing sphinxes will be replaced and the existing restored. Species of trees and plants like papyrus and lotus that grew in Egypt when Pharao Nectanebo I built the avenue will line it.

Avenue of the Sphinxes, Luxor      Avenue of the Sphinxes, Luxor      Avenue of the Sphinxes, Luxor

Queen Nefertiti's Bust, Cairo - Berlin

On January 24th, an official letter from Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, reached the president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin requesting the return of the 3,400-year-old Nefertiti bust to Egypt. The famous bust was found during excavations in Tell-el-Amarna, in 1912, and transferred to Germany according to then usual sharing regulations. It is showcased in Berlin's Neues Museum.
On the same day, Berlin said in a press release: "There were photographs of the most prominent finds – also of Nefertiti's bust – which mirrored the beauty and quality of the objects, clearly. Besides, the opened boxes were ready for the expertise of the objects. There can be no question of deception."
However, Egypt refers to a letter written from the excavation leader Ludwig Borchardt which describes the sharing procedure, exactly. Who is right? Form your own view: See the Original German letter from Ludwig Borchardt (2128 KB).

Queen Nefertiti's Bust in Berlin Queen Nefertiti's Bust in Berlin Queen Nefertiti's Bust in Berlin Queen Nefertiti's Bust in Berlin

Closure of Tutankhamun's Tomb? Luxor West Bank

It seems to be a fact that the famous tomb KV62 which Howard Carter discovered in the Valley of the Kings, in 1922, will be closed sooner or later. The thousands of tourists every day caused within 88 years too big damages in Tutankhamun's tomb which, in 2010, reached the age of 3333 years. At the same time a new valley, "the Replica Valley", is nascent near the Howard Carter House. Initially, it will contain exact copies of the tombs of Tutankhamun (KV62), Seti I (KV17), and Nefertari (QV66) (see the news of 11/11/09). The Spanish company Factum Arte not only creates one-to-one facsimiles but also reconstructs and complements missing pieces (see picture of the south wall below). After completion, the original tomb of Pharao Tutankhamun will be closed to the public and open only to financially strong tourists. The mummy of King Tut will remain inside his tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

©Factum Arte - South wall of Tutankhamun's tomb, Valley of the Kings, Luxor West Bank©Factum Arte - 3D Scanner in Tutankhamun's tomb, Valley of the Kings, Luxor West Bank©Factum Arte - Work in Tutankhamun's tomb, Valley of the Kings, Luxor West Bank

Aboudi Bookstore Opening, Luxor East Bank

Today the new Aboudi Bookstore was inaugurated in Luxor. Speeches were made by Dr. Mark Linz, director of the American University in Cairo Press, and the owners themselves. The two Aboudi brothers carry on their grandfather's business founded in Luxor, in 1909. Sad to say, the Guest of Honour Zahi Hawass was tied up with other business matters.

Aboudi Bookstore, Loxor East Bank Aboudi Brothers while opening Muster

On Thursday, 20th of January, 1:00 p.m. American University in Cairo Press and Aboudi Bookstore invite to attend the opening of the new Aboudi Bookstore behind Luxor Temple. Guest of honour will be the director of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and author Zahi Hawass. The bookstore is known for its wide range of multi-lingual books about Egypt.

Aboudi Bookstore Opening, Luxor East Bank Aboudi Bookstore, Luxor East Bank Books in Aboudi Bookstore, Luxor East Bank

Conference on the Cachette at Karnak, Luxor East Bank

From 29th to 31st of January an International Colloquium entitled "The Cachette of Karnak. New perspectives on Georges Legrain's discoveries" will take place at the Mubarak Public Library. The lectures will be delivered in French, English or German. The opening session will be held on Saturday, January 29th, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. Download full program (979 KB).
In 1903, Legrain found the Cachette during his excavations at the Temple of Karnak. Over four years he excavated 750 statues and 18,000 other objects dating to different times and ranking among the most beautiful objects ever found in Egypt. Now, they are showcased in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Cachette of Karnak, Statue of Hatshepsut      International Symposium "The Cachette of Karnak. New perspectives on Georges Legrain's discoveries"      Cachette of Karnak, Head of Seti I

Opening of the West Bank Arcades, Luxor West Bank

When the site at the ferry dock was reconstructed, one has created not only a car port for the taxis and a small park, but also arcades with several small shops. On the occasion of the today's opening the West Bank Arcades not only presented themselves, also non-commercial charities introduced their work like The Small Pyramid Organization Luxor and Balady Handicraft.

Stand of "The Small Pyramid Organization Luxor", West Bank Arcades Luxor  Heavenly Blue, one of the West Bank Arcades Shops, Luxor  Stand of "Baladi Handicraft Qurna", West Bank Arcades Luxor

Reminder: Egyptian Marathon, Luxor West Bank

On 28th of January the 18th Egyptian Marathon will take place in Luxor. You may decide in which distance you want to take part: Marathon (42,195 km), Luxor Run (22,289 km), Ramses Run & Walk (12,336 km) - or Kid's Run (5 km). The race will start (7:00 a.m.) and end (1:00 p.m.) beneath Hatshepsut Temple on the West Bank of Luxor. The street there leeds to the actual circular course at the length of almost 10 km (for marathon one run it 4 times).
Also for inline skaters and wheelchair users.
Follow the links for more information, application form and race map.

Egyptian Marathon Luxor, WestbankLuxor Marathon - StartEgyptian Marathon, Luxor Westbank

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