Monday, June 13, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: Books, shrines, and festivals

Tombs of Nefertari and Seti I in Egypt's Luxor to reopen to visitors

Egyptian antiquities officials have decided to re-open the tombs of Queen Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens and King Seti I in the Valley of the Kings, both of which have been closed for several years.

The tombs in Luxor will re-open in a month's time, and tickets will cost EGP 1,000 (approx. $113).The number of visitors is to be limited to around 100 to 150 people a day.

I so want to go!

New, recently published and forthcoming titles on Ancient Egypt

from Lockwood Press, Harrassowitz Verlag, Peeters Publishers, and more, including a newly distributed publisher, Archeobooks. Follow the link to browse the titles and take advantage of the special offer prices, valid through December 31st:

Captain's shrine of King Khufu's second solar boat discovered

Restorers working on the second solar boat of King Khufu (26th century BC) stumbled upon the timbers of the boat captain’s shrine during restoration works.

Although the cedar beams were in poor condition, the team was able to successfully remove them from the pit where preliminary restoration work was being carried out.

This is what happens when Egyptian gods meet Roman York...

YOU might think it would be the Romans taking centre stage at the launch of York's new Roman Festival next week.

And so they will. But the person giving the opening talk is University of York academic Joanne Fletcher.

She just happens to be one of Britain's leading academics - she was presenter of the recent BBC2 series Immortal Egypt. And she's naturally found the perfect excuse to bring Egypt into things.