Monday, May 15, 2017

Ancient Egypt this week: Gardens, Tombs, and Galleries

Ministry announces 18 mummies discovered in central Egypt

CAIRO – 13 May 2017: Archaeologists at Cairo University have discovered catacombs including 18 non-royal mummies in Minya governorate, south of Cairo, Antiquities Minister Khaled Anani announced on Saturday.

During a press conference held near the in Touna el-Gebel district, which hosted the discovery, the ministry said that burial shafts were found in the area, adding that the shafts led to a number of corridors inside a cachette of mummies. 

The new Egyptian galleries at the World Museum

On Friday, 28 April 2017 at 9.45 am, I was sitting outside the World Museum in Liverpool waiting impatiently for it to open. Why? It was the official opening of the newly refurbished and expanded Egyptian galleries we’d been waiting nearly two years to see.

I headed straight up to the third floor with my trusty camera in hand. Even before getting into the galleries, I was impressed.
Burial chamber of recently unearthed 13th Dynasty Pyramid in Dahshur uncovered
Photo Nevine El-Aref

The Egyptian archaeological mission from the Ministry of Antiquities uncovered the burial chamber of a 13th Dynasty Pyramid discovered last month at Dahshur archaeological site.

Adel Okasha, head of the mission and the general director of the Dahshur site, explained that after removing the stones that covered the burial chamber, the mission discovered a wooden box engraved with three lines of hieroglyphics.

These lines are rituals to protect the deceased and the name of its owner.

Another story at The Guardian: Burial chamber of a 'Pharaoh's daughter' dating back 3,700 years is found in Egypt alongside jars filled with her ORGANS.

You might also find the article in Live Science interesting as it contains additional details.


An ancient instrument used to measure the waters of the Nile so Egyptian farmers would know whether to expect famine or flood.
In ancient Egypt, the behavior of the Nile could mean life or death each harvest season. So, long before the Aswan Dam was constructed to manage the flooding of the great river, Egyptians invented an instrument to measure the waters in order to predict the Nile’s behavior: the nilometer.

Ancient Egyptian limestone relief recovered from Paris
Photos Ahmed Shata

Egypt recovered a limestone relief and a collection of 44 cosmetic containers from France.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities officially received today an ancient Egyptian limestone relief, which has been recovered from France, during a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Cairo.

Ancient Birds, Bats & Other Animals Painting Found On The Wall Of 4,000-Year-Old Tombs In Egypt
Photo : Egyptahotep/ You Tube

A few days ago, a group of archaeologist revealed the ancient drawing of Mongoose, a colorful pelican and various bats on the wall of 4,000-year-old tombs in Egypt. The tombs are residing at the Beni Hassan Cemetery.

According to Lockwood Press, the tombs were excavated and detailed in publication over a century ago by archaeologist Percy Newberry and his colleagues. Now using modern day technology Evan and other archeologists at Macquarie University's Australian Centre for Egyptology are re-surveying the tombs.

In The Footsteps Of Egyptologist Howard Carter

Carter's personal set of tools.

With recent news confirming there’s more to Tutankhamun’s tomb than previously thought, we visit Howard Carter's house to see where he worked on one of modern history's biggest discoveries.
Cosmetics, Perfume, and Hygiene in Ancient Egypt

For the ancient Egyptians life was a celebration, and so, just as one would want to look one's best at any party, personal hygiene was an important cultural value. The Egyptians bathed daily, shaved their heads to prevent lice or other problems, and regularly used cosmetics, perfumes, and breath mints. So important was one's personal appearance that some spells from The Egyptian Book of the Dead stipulate that one cannot speak them in the afterlife if one is not clean and presentable, and it is clear this means in a physical sense.

Paintings of ancient Egypt in Pompeii garden show just how cosmopolitan the Romans were
A typical Nilotic scene.SSPES

There has been much debate about the purpose of these artworks, known as Nilotic landscapes.

The garden of a large ancient villa in Pompeii was home to stunning paintings depicting the Nile river flowing among green, lush landscapes. These artworks could shed light on the way the Romans viewed the ancient Egyptian culture, and how they integrated it into their own.

For more photos of the paintings and a short video, see Archaeologists discover elaborate 'cosmopolitan' paintings of ancient Egypt in a Roman villa in Pompeii.

Ancient Egyptian baby mummy brought back to life