Tuesday, 28 March 2017

MS761 27th march taking a laptop in hold luggage experience Egypt to UK

Michael on the roof returned to the UK yesterday. He was on the direct flight from Luxor to Heathrow. He had his laptop with him and this is his experience under the new rules regarding no laptops in cabin luggage.

Highest manual security I have seen anywhere. All laptops in hold baggage, but five separate examination points. Took ages. At one, the laptop had to be taken out, and switched on, and was then examined minutely by some one who seemed to know what he was looking  for. Not a cursory glance, but labels checked, battery removed, checked and
replaced, and my case sealed. ( Sealed so effectively that when I arrived at the UJC I couldn't cut it off, and had to borrow a knife from the kitchen.)

Incidentally, one of the police checkers who had gone back through the reception area was made to go through security again, as was the flight crew.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Queen Tiye statue found

via EEF
"The European Egyptian mission working in King
Amenhotep III funerary temple at Kom Al-Hittan area on Luxor west bank, has
uncovered a beautifully carved statue possibly of Queen Tiye.
Tiye was the wife of king Amenhotep III and grandmother
of the boy king Tutankhamun. The newly discovered statue is carved in alabaster
and uncovered beside the right leg of the lower part of a statue of her husband
King Amenhotep III. Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Khaled El-Enany describes the
queen statue as "beautiful, distinguished and unique." He said that
it is the first time to find an alabaster statue of Queen Tiye inside the
temple as all her previously discovered ones were carved in quartzite. Dr. Hourig
Sourouzian, Head of the mission said that the queen statue was accidentally
discovered while lifting up the lower part of king Amenhotep III colossus. The
Queen statue was found beside the right leg of the king's colossus. Dr.
Sourouzian asserted that the statue is in a very good
conservation condition and it still keeps its ancient colours. Consolidation
work and fine restoration are to be carried out on the statue."

Saturday, 11 March 2017

"Sekhmet Omnipresent" 23rd March Luxor -26th

From Facebook Betsy Bryan - "Sekhmet Omnipresent" Betsy Bryan and Hourig...: "Sekhmet Omnipresent"

Betsy Bryan and Hourig Sourouzian announce an international conference, “Sekhmet Omnipresent” to be held in Luxor, Egypt, Thursday, March 23 to Sunday, March 26, 2017 in the Mummification Museum Auditorium. It will be devoted to the imagery and cultic significance of the Sekhmet statues, lions, and lioness deities.

The embarrassment of riches that the field of Egyptology possesses in
the body of Sekhmet statues in Egypt and around the world has been
studied for many decades in a wide variety of monographs and articles.
We hope to explore the current state of such scholarship and link
together those working on artistic and material culture topics with
those working primarily with textual and ritual sources.

Eighteen papers from Egyptian, American, European, and Japanese scholars
before a general and specialized audience will cover topics such as
iconography, cult ritual, archaeological context, and museum display.
On Saturday and Sunday the conference will convene early in the day at
the sites of Kom el Hettan and Mut Temple where large numbers of Sekhmet
statues have been unearthed. This will give participants an opportunity
to spend some time with these statues as they now may be found in situ,
although hardly in their original emplacements. It is expected that the
conference papers will be published in one of several possible series.

The conference will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday March 23 and at 10 am
to 5:30 pm on Friday, March 24, from 8 am to 5:30 on Saturday, and from
8 am to 1 pm. on Sunday.
The conference will be open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.


MARCH 23-26, 2017

1:00 pm Opening ceremonies. Greeting and Introduction of the Minister
of Antiquities by Dr. Hourig Sourouzian and Dr. Betsy M. Bryan

1:15 pm Welcome and remarks by H.E. Khaled El-Enany,
Minister of Antiquities

1:25 pm Dr. Tarek Tawfik, Director-General Grand Egyptian Museum, "Sekhmet & the Statuary of Khafra (Chephren)"

2:15 pm Dr. Nairy Hampikian, Architect Site Manager, The Colossi of
Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project, “The Future of the
Sekhmets Discovered at Kom el-Hettan”

3:05 pm Gerry Scott, Director, American Research Center in Egypt. “Redistribution of Sekhmet Statues”

3:55 pm Ms. Tara Draper-Stumm, University of Exeter, “Exhibits &
Souvenirs: Sekhmet Statues in World Museums and Private Collections”

4:45 pm Discussion: The Display of Sekhmet Statues in Museums and
On-site. Moderator: Dr. Tarek Tawfik

5:30 pm End of day

7:00 pm Reception and Dinner: Location to be announced

Friday March 24 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. Ms. Elena Mora, Conservator and Restorer, “Conservation and
Restoration of Goddess Sekhmet statues in the Amenhotep III Temple”

10:50 a.m. Dr. W. Raymond Johnson, Director, Epigraphic Survey,
University of Chicago Oriental Institute, “Sekhmets of Gold at
Amenhotep III’s Luxor Temple”

11:40 a.m. Mr. Chriastian
Perzlmeier, “Data-base of Sekhmet statues in the temple of Amenhotep III
at Kom el-Hettan until 2015”

12:30 p.m. Lunch – for participants. Location to be announced

2:00 p.m. Mr. Richard A. Fazzini and Ms. Mary McKercher Fazzini, The
Brooklyn Museum Expedition, “Sekhmet statues in the Mut Precinct” &
“Sekhmet Today”

3:30 p.m. Dr. Magda Abdalla, Kafr EL-Sheikh University. TBA

4:20 p.m. Discussion: Moderator, Challenges of the Sekhmet Statuary, Dr. Yasmin El-Shazly, Ministry of Antiquities

5:30 p.m. End of Day

7:00 Dinner for participants. Location to be announced

Saturday, March 25
7:30 Participants take boat launch from Iberotel to west bank

8:00-10:00 a.m. Visit to Kôm el Hettan and visit to Sekhmet statues in
the MOA magazine, with Hourig Sourouzian and other expedition members

10:30 a.m. Dr. Hourig Sourouzian, Director, The Colossi of Memnon and
Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project, “Amenhotep III and Sekhmet at
Kôm el-Hettan
11:20 a.m. Dr. Christian Greco, Director, Museo Egizio, Turin, “Museographic Features of Exhibiting Sekhmet Statues”

12 : 10 p.m. Ms. Silvana Cincotti, Université Paul Valéry -
Montpellier, Institut d'Egyptologie François Daumas, « Bernardino
Drovetti and Jean-Jacques Rifaud in Luxor »
1 :00 p.m. Lunch for participants. Location to be announced

2:15 p.m. Dr. Alessia Amenta, Curator of the Egyptian and Near Eastern
Collections, Musei Vaticani, “Sekhmet Statues in the Vatican Collection”

3 :00 p.m. Dr. Rainer Stadelmann, "From Memphis to Thebes, the protective goddess embracing the king”

3:20 Dr. Vincent Rondot, Conservateur en Chef, Louvre Museum,
“Omnipresent even when she is absent: the stela to the First of the
Seven Arrows of Bastet in Cheikh Labib”

4:10 p.m. Discussion: Moderator, Dr. Vincent Rondot, Musée du Louvre
5:00 p.m. End of Day

7:00 p.m. Dinner for participants. Location to be announced

Sunday, March 26
7:30 Participants leave Iberotel for Temple of Mut

8:00 Visit to Mut Temple with Betsy Bryan

9:30 Dr. Betsy M. Bryan, Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins
University Expedition to the Mut Temple, “Sekhmet and Ritual Revelries
in the Reign of Amenhotep III”

10:20 Dr. Nozomu Kawai, Kanazawa University, “The Lioness goddess statues from the rock-cut chamber at Northwest Saqqara”

11:10 Dr. Sabah Abdelrazek, Director, Egyptian Museum, Cairo, “Sekhmet Statues in the Egyptian Museum”

12:00 p.m. Final Discussion: Moderator, Mr. Vivian Davies, Senior Research Associate, Griffith Institute, Oxford.
1:00 p.m. Close of Conference

Thursday, 9 March 2017

No final decision reached on increase in visa fee: Egypt tourism minister - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

No final decision reached on increase in visa fee: Egypt tourism minister - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online: Egypt's Minister of Tourism Yehia Rashed said in an interview with the Russian Ria Novosti news agency that Egypt has not made a final decision regarding whether it will increase fees for entry visas.

Last month, an official source in Cairo airport told Ahram Online that the foreign ministry informed airport security officials that the cost of entry visas would be increased from $25 to $60 starting 1 March.

Days later, the foreign ministry informed its envoys abroad of a cabinet order to postpone the price increase until July.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

66 statues of Pharaonic goddess Sekhmet discovered in Luxor | Egypt Independent


66 statues of Pharaonic goddess Sekhmet discovered in Luxor | Egypt Independent: Since the beginning of the year, the German archaeological mission operating at the King Amenhotep III Temple area in Luxor has discovered parts from 66 statues of the Pharaonic goddess Sekhmet, the Antiquities Ministry's official Facebook page reported on Wednesday.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Tourist entrance fees to increase at museums, archaeological sites in October: ministry | Egypt Independent

Tourist entrance fees to increase at museums, archaeological sites in October: ministry | Egypt Independent

Ticket prices at the pyramids will be
raised from LE80 to LE120, the Valley of the Kings in Luxor from LE100
to LE160, the Egyptian museum from LE75 to LE120, Abu Simbel temple from
LE100 to LE160, and Kom Ombo temple from LE40 to LE80.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Egypt delays fee hike for tourist entry visas to July - Ahram Online

Probably as official as we are going to get, it is going up to $60 but not until July

Egypt delays fee hike for tourist entry visas to July - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online: Egypt is postponing a fee hike in tourist entry visas - a decision announced last week - until July, the country’s tourism ministry said on Saturday.

In statements to state news agency MENA, the ministry said the new fee -- which will increase from $25 to $60 -- will be implemented starting 1 July 2017, instead of a planned 1 March date.

The ministry did not provide a reason for the delay, however, sources in the tourism sector told Al-Ahram Arabic news website that the decision to postpone came after the foreign ministry stepped in to deal with complaints from the tourism sector to the cabinet saying the fee hike was too abrupt.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Egyptian Entry Visa Price Rise

Egyptian Entry Visa Price Rise

I am really sorry to be unable to give final and definitive confirmation and if anyone finds any I would appreciate am email with the link.

Over the last few days various reports have circulated on social media about increases in both the long term and tourist visa. So changes are definitely happening. What they are and when is the big doubt.

First a price rise to $60 USD on 1st March was reported. Then a delay to 1st July was reported.

That is all I can say, it is rumour, news reports and unconfirmed by any government website. So be prepared. I would bring USD with you in small denominations so you can pay what ever is on the stamp they put in your passport. I would do this whatever your own currency is Euros, Sterling, etc as at least you will be sure you have paid exactly what is due.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

The Uber of 7antoors: You Can Now Order a Horse Carriage in Luxor with a Mobile App

The Uber of 7antoors: You Can Now Order a Horse Carriage in Luxor with a Mobile App: Luxor Governor announced that an uber-like 7antoor e-hailing app will soon be available throughout the city. Authorities are also working on providing 'diapers' for horses in order to keep the city's streets clean.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Foreign Ministry raises entry visa fees | Egypt Independent

Foreign Ministry raises entry visa fees | Egypt Independent

The Foreign Ministry has decided to raise entry fees to Egypt from
various land, sea, and air ports from US$25 to $60, starting March 1st,
amid the rejection of tourism sector companies and officials.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The evolving portrait of Deir el-Medina by Dr Cedric Gobeil, 10th February 2017 - YouTube

The evolving portrait of Deir el-Medina by Dr Cedric Gobeil, 10th February 2017 - YouTube

Fascinating lecture about the recent work at the Workman's village. Together with site management and making access easier for tourists, not disabled exactly but certainly easier

Ramses II statue to be restored in Luxor Temple   - Daily News Egypt

Ramses II statue to be restored in Luxor Temple   - Daily News Egypt: Aiming to inspect the restoration processes of one of King Ramses II statues that was destroyed in the fourth century AD, Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, and Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, visited the city of Luxor along with Governor Mohammed Badr. The statue was destroyed as a result of a devastating earthquake that swept the country at that time.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

New Egyptian Visa Rules

Lots of discussion on the internet about the new Egyptian visa rules.


Single entry visa will be 400 egp and multiple entry 500 egp

Visa's for 6 months cost 550le Second 6 months 550le during which time you must leave the country at least once

You can get a one year visa if you own property with green contract and you have a bank account or if you are married to an Egyptian

Overstay Penalties.
first 3 months penalty 1053 le
3-6 month 1500,
6 month - 1 year 2500

Friday, 17 February 2017

New Exhibition at Luxor Museum plus disabled access

Tonight was the official opening on the new exhibition at Luxor Mseum from the 'The Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project’, led by Hourig Sourouzian. There was one part that was actually outside in the floodlit area and the rest was in the special temporary area.

This is a very special project, the largest temple in Luxor, where everyone thought there was nothing but 2 large colossus has been revealed by Dr Hourig  to have much much more than anyone thought. It is a huge project, employing one of the biggest teams of local workers ever assembled.  On the west bank there are lots of story boards explaining their work, the Northern colossus have recently been reassembled and now this temporary exhibition reveals even more.

I went there on my trusty mobility scooter to try out the disabled facilities. My taxi was able to stop at the south end of the pedestrian area and I trundled along quite happily. The entrance to the museum had a ramp from road to pavement. The people at the ticket office let me in the exit as I couldn't go through the turnstile, they were quite happy to do that. The grounds were easy to negotiate. There was a step into the museum but I suspect this will have a ramp very soon because the museum director was there because of opening she saw and discussed the problem with me and she seemed committed to resolve it.In the meanwhile helpful staff lifted the scooter into the building. I skipped the turnstiles, going in the exit. Inside slightly to the left there was a nice gentle ramp to the upper levels and by using it and going down the other ramp you could avoid the set of steps in the entrance. There was a wheelchair lift inside, between the two sections of the museum but it was not suitable for the scooter but yet again willing men leapt forward to assist me. The only area with only steps was the small area of court du cachette area but everything else was super accessible either by ramps or willing men.

Luxor's Stoppelaëre House to be transformed into scientific centre for heritage - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

house Luxor's Stoppelaëre House to be transformed into scientific centre for heritage - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: After 12 months of restoration, Stoppelaëre House is to be opened with a view to developing it into a cultural and scientific centre for heritage.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

(14) Mohamed A Fahmy - It's official now, a golf car to take senior...

Mohamed shared this with me on Facebook, not Luxor but it is about disabled access. Golf carts to take people round the temples at Abu Simbel.Wonderful idea and only 10LE

Mohamed A Fahmy - It's official now, a golf car to take senior...

Friday, 10 February 2017

Necropolis finds in Luxor - Ahram Weekly

Necropolis finds in Luxor - Ahram Weekly: Jiro Kondo, head of the Japanese mission, described the discovery as “important” because it raises hopes that more tombs could be discovered in the Al-Khokha necropolis on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor.

It had earlier been thought that no more tombs would be found as innumerable tombs have already been discovered in the area over the past 200 years.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

AWOL Home Page - Animal Welfare Of Luxor

The latest newsletter has just been released. AWOL is primarily for working animals but it was great to read of the latest updates for small animals, especially Ingrid's cats. I know people will be quite surprised that donkeys need coats!

AWOL Home Page - Animal Welfare Of Luxor

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Tomb of Ramesside-era royal scribe uncovered in Luxor - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online


Tomb of Ramesside-era royal scribe uncovered in Luxor - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: A Japanese mission from Waseda University discovered a private tomb in the Theban necropolis in Luxor, Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the antiquities ministry's Ancient Egypt Department, said on Tuesday.

Afifi says that the tomb, located at the El-Khokha area on the west bank of the Nile, is beautifully decorated and likely dates to the Ramesside period, based on its style. Early inspection of the tomb suggests that it belonged to a royal scribe named Khonsu .

New tomb in Luxor

You will need Google translate but the pictures are excellent

Tumba de un escriba real descubierta en Luxor - Reseña AE

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Balady handicraft Qurna Egypt

Balady handicraft Qurna Egypt

Hay up again!

A slightly belated Happy New Year!

Here is some good news to start 2017.

The exhibitions
about Robert Hay's Qurna of 1826 and other exhibitions that were part of
Qurna Discovery have been remounted and are there for all to see again.

In May 2010 the Governor of Luxor's big machines demolished the
buildings we had just restored. The exhibitions themselves were rescued
and have been 'in store' at Abdu Daramalli's lovely craft centre in
As-Siyul – about 3 km north.

In December we put them up again – at last! In addition to all the
panels we had before, a third Hay Panorama is now also on show for the
first time anywhere in the world, and in 2015 I made a panel to
illustrate the working of a traditional thresher that Abdu had rescued.

Balady Handicraft Qurna is open every day except Friday, 9-12.00 see

are many beautiful things made by women, men and children at the Centre
for you to buy for yourself or as presents – scarfs, rugs, children's
clothes, embroidered table linen, pottery, jewellery – all hand-made by
people being taught and employed at the Centre.

If you have a group who wishes to visit outside normal open hours, the
Centre could be opened specially for you – please phone Abdu on

You can get to the Centre by taxi, or on a local arabiyya to As-Siyul.

are on the Balady website at 

I hope that your guests can take the time from a busy 'ancient history'
schedule to see the more recent history of the people who lived on the
Theban Hills, and buy some of the craft works that they are still

Please encourage them to go and visit the Balady Centre.
Please encourage them to buy some of the hand-made craft works.

Thank you to all those who first made Qurna Discovery a reality way back
in April 2001.
Thank you to Abdu and family, friends and helpers for its new home.
Insha'allah this fourth home will happily be its final one.

from Caroline Simpson

New sleeper cars to Luxor and Aswan to attract more tourism - Daily News Egypt

New sleeper cars to Luxor and Aswan to attract more tourism - Daily News Egypt: Watania Sleeping Trains and Catering Services Company decided to provide luxurious cabins from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor and back with a capacity of 34 passengers on tourist sleeper trains starting last Sunday to transport tourist groups, according to an official at the company

The official said that travel prices in tourist sleeper trains include $110 for a single room, $80 for a double room, and $40 for a seat for foreigners, while Egyptians will pay EGP 400 for a unified ticket.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Where did the design come from for the top of the pylon

I am sure we have noticed the curved bit at the top of a pylon. Where did this idea come from?

This example from Philae shows the curve on top of the pylon and the gateway.
 This example is a false door of Tuthmosis III at Medinet Habu and this gives us a big clue with the reproduction of organic elements in the stone.

There are other example of stone reproducing organic elements of architecture.at Sakkara for example and other false door examples with rolls at the top of the opening. Ancient Egyptians were very fond of reproducing organic elements in stone representations. So back to our pylon.

Around Egypt you will find fronds stuck in the top of mud brick walls, like this example. This is the explanation of the curved top.


Monday, 16 January 2017