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Egyptology Resources Bulletin Board

Requests for information 2000

14/12/00: Herakleopolis

I am searching for information regarding the site of Herakleopolis (Anc. Eg. Nn-nsw, modern Ihnasya el-Medina) and its local deity Herishef (Greek Herakles or Harsaphes) particularly the cult temple of Herishef and the nearby necropolis of Sedment el Gebel. If anyone can help please email me at or write to Claire Malleson, 94 Fairbridge Rd, London N19 3HY. Thank you.

Claire Malleson

20/11/00: References to Maat

[Editor's note: I have already drawn this contributor's attention to the works of Assmann on Maat. I believe she does not have access to a specialised library]

I am currently writing an essay on Maat, the goddess of 'truth', and I am finding it very hard to find books about the Egyptian gods that cover more than one short paragraph about Maat. The majority of books I have found so far contain chapters on the main gods such as Isis, Horus etc but not Maat. Please send any suggestions to me at

Catherine Hemming

16/11/00: Egyptian constellations

I have come across the need to find the Egyptian names and correct spellings of all thirty-six constellations. If you could help me in this, or suggest a reference in which I might find the information requested. It would be greatly appreciated by my fourth grade son for his project about Egypt.

Mrs. D. M. Dorney

9/11/00: Pharaoah's People

I am looking for a book called "Pharaoah's People" by T G H James in paperback. I am based in London and I cannot get hold of this book anywhere. If anyone can help please e-mail me at

Catherine Hemming

4/11/00: Nubia: corridor to Africa

I was wondering if anyone could tell me where I might be able to find a copy of a book that I need for an Egyptology course that I am taking. The book is: Nubia: corridor to Africa, by William Y. Adams, Princeton University Press 1977. I know that this book is out of print and I have searched all over for it but, to no avail. If someone has any ideas of where I might be able to find a copy; please let me know. It is much appreciated. Thank you!

Chelsea Daymon

3/11/00: Aerial photos

Does anybody have any information about an album of original photographs entitled:

"Photographies des Pyramides et de Louxor prises en aeroplane par Kofler, Cairo."

The album inquestion consists of 22 original mounted photographs, numbered 1-22 and dated 1914 in the image. Image size is 250 x 371 mm. The work does not appear to be mentioned in any of the standard literature dealing with photography and archaeology.

Elmar W. Seibel
Ars Libri, Ltd.

28/10/00: Imhotep

Please can readers tell me about who is engaged in studies/digs concerning IMHOTEP?

Ingrid Steffen-Faschon

28/10/00: Imhotep

Please can readers tell me about who is engaged in studies/digs concerning IMHOTEP?

Ingrid Steffen-Faschon

28/10/00: Hatshepsut question

I have recently read Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh by Joyce Tyldesley. In the book she refers to a red-haired mummy found in the tomb of Hatchepsut’s wet-nurse Sitre. As I am writing a novel about Hatchepsut, I am very curious about this mummy. I am hoping to either find the email address for Dr. Tyldesley or be put in contact with someone who knows something about this mummy.

Please contact me with any leads at

Thank you,

Molly Emmons

8/8/00: Human remains question

Are there any Osteologists/paleopathologists/ Egyptologists who are aware of documented cases of skeletal dysplasias in Egyptian human remains and if any radiographs exist?

I am particularly interested in the condition multiple epiphyseal dyspalsia characterised by flattened epiphyses and early onset of osteoarthritis.

Jocelyn Hasskamp, University of Manchester

8/8/00: Seeking guide

A private party of 4 to 6 individuals interested in an archaelogical tour of Egypt seek a private guide. The tour will take place from 9 to 30 January 2001. We would like someone who has a good understanding of ancient Egyptian history (-3500 to 0) and preferably can read hieroglyphs.

We will pay all expenses (travel, accommodation and entrance fees) against archeological tour guiding. We imagine this may be an opportunity for our guide to get to Egypt and possibly stay over for a spell of his/her own after our trip. We would want a fairly extensive tour, so physical fitness is a requirement. We believe the ideal candidate for this is a fairly young student of Egyptology but who has already completed a certain level of studies in the field and hence has a wide enough knowledge. Preliminary experience in the country of Egypt is welcome, but not necessary: three weeks dedication to the tour is more important to us.

We would like to discuss the itinerary with the candidate. English is the working language, in which we expect total fluency. Arabic and French welcome on top. CVs by e-mail to

Robert Cailliau

Web Communications & Public Education
European Organization for Nuclear Research
CH - 1211 Geneve 23

7/8/00: Abydos & Dendera temples

Please can readers tell me about the availability of detailed information on these temples in English. Many thanks.

David W Reynolds

[Editor's note: I have already passed on the main Egyptological references, but most of these are hard to find--Mr Reynolds would be interested in guide and picture books which are more available]

21/7/00: Dog mummies

Are there any persons interested in dog mummies who might be willing to assist me with my theses? I need access to specimens, preferably previously X-rayed, though any will do, asap (there's only one puppy in Manchester).

Jocelyn Hasskamp
MSc student
University of Manchester

16/7/00: Hieroglyphs tutor sought

An enthusiastic teacher living near York, Maine seeks a tutor to help her learn hieroglyphs. Anyone fitting this description please contact and/or

Thanks sincerely,
Justine Hernandez

28/6/00: Menkaure's chief wife

In the 1999 book from the Metropolitan Museum in New York: Dorothea Arnold, When the Pyramids Were Built: Egyptian Art of the Old Kingdom (1999) on page 68, the author states that she doubts the "queen" embraced by Menkaure (Mycerinus) in the statue group at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is Khamerer-Nebti II. Ms. Arnold states that Khamerer-Nebti "was not Menkaure's main spouse." Most other books I have checked (Edwards, Pyramids of Egypt ; Fahry's book on pyramids; Gay Robins Art of Egypt ; Aldred's Egypt to the End of the Old Kingdom and the Egyptians : Grimal's A History of Ancient Egypt ) either say Khamerer-Nebti II was Menkaure's chief wife or say nothing about his queens. I assume George Reisner thought the female figure was Khamerer-Nebti because he believed she was Menkaure's "Great Royal Wife." Can anyone tell me who is now thought to be Menkaure's main spouse and how is this information known?

Dr. Louis A. Okin
Professor of History, Humboldt State University

26/6/00: Material from the Bucheum at Armant

A number of items from the excavation of 'Bucheum' at Armant were given to the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum by the Egypt Exploration Society in the early 1930s, including the articulated skeleton of a cow-mummy on a large section (3m x 2m of plaster & wood, and a life-size reconstruction of the
mummy of a Buchis bull.

I am presently trying to locate these items. Around 1970, the vast majority of the Wellcome collection of Egyptian antiquities were transferred to University College London (the Petrie Museum); from there, they were further distributed to the Liverpool, Birmingham and University College Swansea museums. These certainly included a number of Armant items, including stelae and clamps from the prepration of the bovid mummies, the latter of which I have traced to Swansea. However, none of these collections apparently have the two items mentioned above, and the Wellcome Trust has no records whatsover of even receiving them, let alone their disposal. The only clue is that the publication of the excavation gives the impression that they may never have been unpacked following their arrival from Egypt (which apparently occurred during 'the transfer of the institution to its new quarters')

Any further information would be gratefully received

Dr Aidan Dodson, Dept of Archaeology, University of Bristol

6/6/2000: Online courses

I have been all over the net trying to find perhaps an online Egyptology class or study group. I live in Orlando, Florida, and the colleges here offer nothing. I was wondering if anyone would know of such a thing, if it exists. Anyway, I would really appreciate it!

Naomi Kolle

26/4/2000: Book reviewers wanted

AUCtoday is the alumni magazine of the American University in Cairo. Our next issue will be based on the theme of Egyptology. We would like to include a book review by an Egyptologist of Kent Weeks' The Lost Tomb. If anyone is interested in contributing such a review, please contact us for more details at

Inas Hamam
AUCtoday editor

Excavations at Siwa?

I am a writer with a strong interest in the Western Desert. A brief report of an excavation south of Siwa, scheduled for May, caught my attention. Does anyone know the archeologists involved and how to contact them? Thanks.

Scott Thybony

15/4/2000: Thrones of Tutankhamun

I have been studying one of the thrones found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. The back of this throne depicts Tutankhanum and Ankhesenamun both apparently only wearing one sandal each. Pharaoh wears a sandal on his left foot and his wife wears a sandal on her right foot. I have been given explanations which vary from, 'It's because you are looking sideways and wouldn't see the strap of the sandal.' to 'If you look closely there are two marks on the foot which means that the engraved part of the sandal has broken off.' But, neither of these explain the lack of a sandal on the left foot of Ankhesenamun. In a recent travel article in "The Mail on Sunday" the author stated that 'They were wearing one sandal each as a sign of their unity.' but he failed to quote the source of this information. Can anyone point me in the direction of written proof or has anyone heard of a possible explanation? Or am I being too pedantic for my own good?

Help, please.

Jenie Glover

6/4/2000: Tomb of Nefertari

I am currently studying art conservation and am researching a presentation on the treatment of the wall paintings of the Tomb of Nefertari.

I know that the tomb was to be closed for monitoring of internal temperature and humidity at least until 1994.

My question is: Does anyone have any current (i.e. post 1992) information as to the findings from these analyses? I am specifically wondering whether the tomb has been re-opened in any capacity.

Thanks for your help!

Alison Whyte
MAC Program, Queen's University

21/3/2000: Seeking a guide

I am an archaeologist working in Israel (co-director of the excavations at Sha'ar Hagolan, in the Jordan Valley) who will be visiting Cairo for the first time this June, a short 3 day trip as part of my honeymoon and on the way to my dig. Since I will only be in Cairo a short while and want to maximize the experience, I was hoping you could recommend a student or someone else who might be interested in acting as guide for us during a stay. We would be particularly interested in someone to take us around the Old City (perhaps also to the old Jewish Quarter), and to know about any 'special' tours that might be open only to archaeologists at the Pyramids and Memphis. Of course, we would be willing to pay our guide.

Thank you for any suggestions,

Michele A. Miller, Ph.D. Email:

20/2/2000: Third Dynasty

I am researching information on the first two known Pharaohs of the 3rd Dynasty. They are known as Pharaoh Zanakht, or Nebka Zanakht who ruled from 2649-2630 BC. His successor Pharaoh Djoser, also known as Netjerykhet the builder of the Step Pyramid who ruled from 2630-2611.

Pharaoh Nebka Zanakht is the one I am most interested in learning more of. Information regarding the time and life of the Egyptian people during this 58 year period of the early 3rd Dynasty, would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou for this opportunity.

Patricia Jean Blosser-Lotfinia
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Linguistic exercise for everyone

Hello, please help me. I am an African American interested in learning how to say two different words in as many different African languages as possible.

I am looking for the word that most closely captures the idea of the english word LEADER.

I am also looking for one adjective per language that would be used to describe someone who WORKS HARD.

Maybe the equivalent of intense or serious in english. If it is possible to translate these ideas into the language of the ancient egyptians, please help me to do so. I will be very thankful.

Thank you very much for your time

Rasheed Abiaka

11/2/2000: Saltpetre

I am interested in the history of nitrates. Most modern recipes for incense use saltpeter. Did ancient Egyptians also use saltpeter in their incense?

Saltpeter is apparently found in some desert areas in Egypt. However, nitrates formed in soils are more likely to be calcium nitrate, which is hydroscopic and consequently probably not satisfactory to help keep incense burning. Calcium nitrate is converted into potassium nitrate by treatment with potash. It would be interesting to know if ancient Egyptians knew about this process.

Dennis Barnum

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Portland State University P.O. Box 751 Portland, OR 97207 USA


13/1/2000: Astronomy

My son is working on a report about Ancient Egypt Astronomy. He has searched on the web and borrowed 5 books from the public library, but it seems that very little information is available. I would like to ask your recommendation about where we could find information about astronomy of ancient Egypt.

Hsianglung Wu

Days of the months

For some days now I have been trying to relocate a web page pertaining to the names of the Ancient Egyptian days of the months. I have the names of the months and was able to find the days but have since lost the file that contained the bookmark. If anyone would be able to help to find this information again, in printed or electronic media so that I can finish my calendar project, I would be most grateful. Many thanks,

Joe Morgan Griess or

Mythology and stars

I am currently doing research into Egyptian mythology regarding the stars. If anyone has any interesting myths or has suggestions for books to find, please e-mail me. Thank you very much for anything you can offer!

Katherine Lansky

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