Thursday, 31 January 2013

Future Mummification Museum Lectures

3rd Feb    Suzanne Onstine    TT16 Panehsy     Ongoing work

10th Feb    Diana Craig Patch    Malqata North Village and Palace

17th Feb    Jose Galan    Djhuti new season

Free to everyone 7pm Sundays approx 45 minutes - 1 hour

Thanks to Barry Budd for sending me the list 

Events in Cairo

I just got the abstracts for the conference starting today at the American University in Cairo. The Bioarcheology of Ancient Egypt 31st Jan - 2nd Feb. The list of speakers is so impressive, I wish I could be there, to all the participants and speakers 'have a great conference' and to everyone else 'look out for the publication' :)

Jane's Jaunt! - Living in Luxor the Early Days eBook: Jane Akshar: Kindle Store

In my continuing efforts to provide an income whilst tourism is so depressed in Egypt I have written another book. It is based on a blog I kept of my first year living in Luxor. I do hope you buy it or any of my other books which are all availalbe on Kindle on Amazon, it really does make a difference to our ability to survive these trying times in Luxor. You can also buy my e-books and hard copies at

Jane's Jaunt! - Living in Luxor the Early Days eBook: Jane Akshar: Kindle Store: 10 years ago Jane Akshar embarked on a great adventure, emigrating to Luxor, Egypt. For the first year she kept a diary online to let reassure friends and family and let them know how she was getting on. Read how she copes with the very different life in rural Egypt with its unique culture and traditions, starting a new business and career, adapting to the life and marriage to a Muslim Egyptian and being a co-wife.

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

NEWS: Discovery of a child’s sarcophagus dating back to the 17th Dynasty

NEWS: Discovery of a child’s sarcophagus dating back to the 17th Dynasty | The Egyptiana Emporium: “Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim announced the discovery of a sarcophagus of a child dating back to the 17th Dynasty, in the tomb of a man named Djehuty – considered an important statesman of the time Queen Hatshepsut, in the region of Dra Abul Naga, on the west bank of Luxor.

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Monday, 28 January 2013

Mummification Museum Lecture TT49 Neferhotep

The first lecture of the season and many thanks to Barry Budd and Mansour Boraik for organising it. It was presented by Dr Violeta Pereya of Buenos Aires University and it on the conservation project at TT49.
Neferhotep was a high official at Karnak, he was not a priest but in the admin and a scribe responsible for cattle of Amun and for another area tentatively identified as textiles. This is a very important tomb as it has a depiction of Karnak temple which is important for our studies of the development of the temple and the current excavations. The project is 7 years old and they had many visitors sharing their knowledge and experience.

It is located at the north Khokha, next to TT187. When they started it was in the middle of the middle village but now the houses have gone. Ibrahim Soliman was instrumental in them choosing to excavate this particular tomb. The courtyard was full of debris from the family that lived there which was the grandson of Kareem Yusuf.

The tomb had been first excavated in 1920 by Davies. The project started in 1999 but that was just the planning. They had to decide what they would do
•    Excavation of the hall, chapel and passage
•    Tests in the slopping passage
•    Excavation of the usurper
•    Tests in front of the tomb
They looked for fallen pieces of wall decoration hoping to reconstruct missing pieces, made an enlargement of the courtyard by re-establishing the courtyard wall to make the site safe and secure. There is a stone wall on the north side and they created a mud brick wall on the south side. They tried to get information from the family but they were reluctant to give information (embarrassed?).

They did a through survey and found that the Davies plan was pretty accurate. The upper rooms were well documented but the burial chamber had some errors. Dr Violetta should us a slide with the Davies plan and the current survey. Davies had used facsimiles and tracings to document the tomb and the attachment of these was still visible. They have done a preliminary publication in Spanish showing the lower register in bad condition. The tomb has problems just a few of them fractured rock, soot, bat droppings, salts, lost pieces, microbiology and previous cleaning attempts. It is important to stabilise the tomb bearing in mind the problems from salts, the climate and geology. The cleaning of the tomb using laser started in 2006; it is not used on the entire tomb as different methods are more appropriate due to the underlying painting or condition of the painting. It is important to use the right cleaning method in the right circumstance. Laser cleaning leaves the patina. On the east wall south side they had to remove the mortar which was done by mechanical and chemical methods. This took 2 seasons, for them a season is one to three weeks. They always have to make a judgement whether it is better to leave something free for further research and study or to protect it. The east wall was unpublished and a virgin area for work. This year they did the east wall north side. It is important to record the both the history of the necropolis (intrusive burials etc) and the Pharaonic history when dealing with these tombs. It is a tiny tomb so if someone is working in a passage that stops access for the rest of the team. They find laser cleaning is most effective where the background is empty or on white clothing. There are scenes of the beautiful feast of the valley with ladies carrying long stems of flowers on the north wall of the chapel.

The team from the Franco Egyptian centre have spent a lot of time researching and identifying the areas of Karnak. The pylon depicted is the third pylon, the obelisks, and chapel and rooms of the Tuthmosis I, III and Hatshepsut are shown. It shows where doors are open or closed and this indicates who has access.
If you want more information try
Next week it is Suzanne Onstine on Panehsy TT16

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Insinger Family Photos and a Pot

Kindly sent to me by the Danish branch of the family.

I copied these photos rather crudely from a family album.They are from 1914  and on one of the aerial photos one can see the Insinger House to the far right next to Winter Palace Hotel  - country side then.  Another shows Karnak as well.The man with hat and moustache is surely Mr. Insinger himself,  Grandpapa as he was called by our Familiy.Still, looking for negatives....

Insinger Pot

Another member sent me some photos of a rather nice pot owned by the family, I am guessing Naqada II, there are more photos on an album on Facebook

I do want to thank all the descendent of the Insinger Family who have been in touch and shared their heritage.

Dr Rob Demarre, Leiden says "
The aerial photos are certainly prints from photographs shot by a certain Kofler in 1914. He was the first to take pictures of a.o. the Pyramids Gizeh and several monuments in Luxor out of an aeroplane. Kofler had a studio in Cairo and probably had connections with the more famous photographer Heinrich Leichter."

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Aerial Photo of Luxor Temple

I had some guests do a balloon ride, the weather that day was odd so they ended up flying over Luxor Temple and got this great photo.

Abu Simbel Survey

Charlottes Blog: Abu Simbel Survey

I am in the process of doing some research on tourism in Egypt to the site of Abu Simbel. If you have visited the site at any time in the past I would appreciate it if you could complete this short survey for me. I am interested in the experiences you have had.

Closing dates for survey is July 1st 2013.

Many thanks in advance.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Luxor governor looking at French offer to establish a cable car through the west bank of Luxor:

The article is in Arabic, this is a partial translation by Goggle. 
Luxor governor looking at French offer to establish a cable car through the west bank of Luxor:  Saad, Governor of Luxor to receive French for a project (cable) to connect the tourist areas archaeological eastern mainland western mainland, through the Nile River to cross over the temples of Karnak and the tombs and temples of the Valley of the Kings and Queens of the western mainland

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My first thought is that I like the idea, a number of tourists who come to Luxor don't go to the sites and this would be a good way of interesting them in what there is on offer. Building it would create employment. But of course I am concerned about the impact on the west bank. Hope we get a chance to see the plans and comment. 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Want to do glyphs at Manchester Uni (online)

Just got this email from the Manchester Team

Dear Everyone,

This is an additional January Newsletter, asking for your help. Glenn and I are conducting a survey into the viability of offering more hieroglyph courses in addition to the Certificate Course and the Diploma Course at Manchester University. It is very hard to judge how much interest there would be in this, so I would be very grateful if you could spare the time to complete our short, entirely anonymous survey.
Here is the link:

Other news: 
Daughters of Isis Study Day: 16th February 2013
There are still some places left on our February study day.

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Please forward this email on to anyone who might be interested in its contents.

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Dr Joyce Tyldesley

Mummifcation Museum Lectures Resume this Sunday

Violeta Pereyra talking about the restoration of TT 49 Neferhotep. Using lasers revealing the scenes of Karnak Temple. Sunday 27th at 7pm.

Many thanks to Barry Budd for the email and for organising these for Mansour

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Malqata Blog up and running

The expedition to Malqata, directed by Dr. Peter Lacovara (Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University) and Dr. Diana Craig Patch (Metropolitan Museum of Art) is currently in the field, and is again blogging their day-to-day activities and discoveries. 
The website also includes information on the site and the history of its excavation, as well as links to the reports on the earlier expeditions.  It can be found at

Ann Macy Roth, New York University

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