News and gossip January 1996-June 1997



30/6/97: Find in Delta

Reuter, quoting Al-Akhram, has reported the find of a necklace of golden flies thought to be a military decoration awarded by the Pharaoh Ahmose over 3,500 years ago. The necklace, with 19 pendants in the shape of flies, was discovered in excavations at Tell Basta. It was found alongside a cartouche inscribed with the name of Ahmose, the founder of the 18th dynasty, and who ruled from 1570 to 1546 BC. The head of the archeological mission, Mahmoud Omar, speculated that the owner of the necklace won it for military service against the Hyksos.


30/6/97: Antquities Dealer goes to jail

Westcountry TV in the UK on 18-6-97 featured the successful conclusion of the trial of a North Devon antiques restorer for the theft of antiquities from Egypt. Johnathan Tokeley-Parry has begun his 6 year prison sentence in a British prison. A much longer sentence awaits him in Egypt. This was the result of co-operation between the police forces of the UK and Egypt.

Information courtesy Helena Jaeschke


26/6/97: British Museum gallery refurbishment update

I have been asked to inform readers of the updated situation, which may be viewed via this link. The previous reference to this has been removed to avoid confusion.


18/6/97: British Museum Sackler Lecture and Colloquium, 16-17 July

I have been asked to draw everyone's attention to this event. A notice may be found here [link now broken].


17/6/97: Museum of mummification at Luxor

A new museum of mummification has just been opened in Luxor. It is small but well laid out and quite interesting. It also has a new refreshment room. It is not well signed but is across the road almost opposite the entrance to the Luxor temple. Its position is indicated by a new marble portion of the Corniche pavement. The entrance is down a flight of stairs to the Nile terrace level.

Thanks to my informant, Mike Mac Donagh


21/5/97: Report on a talk

The report on a lecture in London on Saturday by Kent Weeks and Nicholas Reeves will be found at


21/5/97: Professor Gertrud Thausing

The death of Gertrud Thausing on 5 May, 1997 has been announced. An obituary will appear on the web pages of the IAE



9/5/97: Professor Elmar Edel

It is with deep sorrow that the International Association of Egyptologists and the Agyptologische Seminar der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn announce the death of Professor Elmar Edel on 25 April. A full obituary will appear on the web pages of the IAE

On behalf of the IAE: Jaromir Malek (


30/4/97: Professor Rostislav Holthoer

It is with deep sorrow I write the following message. On Monday April 28 Professor Rostislav Holthoer passed away at the age of 59. He was professor emeritus of egyptology at the University of Uppsala (Sweden) but residing always in Helsinki (Finland) and teaching egyptology also at the University of Helsinki.

From: Jaakko Frosen Academyprofessor/ University of Helsinki

30/4/97: Professor E. Van 't Dack

On Thursday April 24 Professor E. Van 't Dack passed away at the age of 74. Within the world of papyrology he will be remembered as the co-author of the Prosopographia Ptolemaica. He wrote numerous articles on Ptolemaic Egypt, of which a selection was collected and brought up to date in 1988 as Ptolemaica Selecta, in Studia Hellenistica 29. He was a member of the Belgian Academy of Science.

From: (willy Clarysse)

25/4/97: Aegyptologische Sammlung Tuebingen

I have received from Knut Buroh ( the following announcement about the opening of the museum of the Egyptian Collection in the University of Tuebingen.

Am Donnerstag, dem 8. Mai 1997 eroeffnet die Universitaet Tuebingen ihr neues Museum. In Raeumen des Schlosses Hohentuebingen ist dann u.a. die Sammlung des Aegyptologischen Instituts erstmals der Oeffentlichkeit in einer Dauerausstellung zugaenglich. (Vgl. den Ausstellungskatalog von Brunner-Traut/Brunner, Die aegyptische Sammlung der Universitaet Tuebingen, Mainz 1981.) Weitere Sammlungen des neuen Museums: Sammlung des Archaeologischen Instituts, des Altorientalischen Seminars, des Voelkerkundlichen Instituts, des Instituts fuer Vor- und Fruehgeschichte, sowie des Urgeschichtlichen Instituts.

Die Oeffnungzeiten werden wie folgt sein:

Im Sommer Mi-So 10.00-18.00 Uhr

Weitere Informationen bei

Prof. Karola Zibelius-Chen

Aegyptologisches Institut der Universitaet
Schloss - Burgsteige 11
D-72070 Tuebingen
Tel.: +49 (0)7071 29-76061


16/4/97: Work on the Sphinx

See CNN News,


2/4/97: New Cemetery at Aswan

I am informed of an announcement of a new cemetery on the East Bank at Aswan, of the Late Period.

Thanks to my informant Helena Jaeschke. Like all CNN news, this URL is likely to be soon out of date. (It is, as of 16/4/97).


2/4/97: Louvre closure

I have been asked on behalf of Mme Christiane Ziegler to inform colleagues and general readers of the following:

The Egyptian Department of the Louvre will be closed until 15 December 1997. Until the reopening, colleagues and friends who wish to visit the department and/or work on the collections are requested to contact the department in advance. In addition to the postal address:

Musee National du Louvre, Dept. des Antiquites Egyptiennes,
Palais du Louvre, 34-36 Quai du Louvre, F-75058 Paris CEDEX 01

there is now the email address:


14/3/97: Terrorist attacks in Qena area

Although nothing to do with Egyptology, readers may be interested to know this. The BBC World Service carried a report this morning about an attack, blamed on Islamic fundamentalists, on the predominently Coptic village of Ezbet Daoud and later on a train, both in Qena province. Both attacks consisted of random spraying of automatic gunfire, and 12 Egyptians were killed in the village and 1 on the train. About a month ago, a church was attacked and ten people killed.


13/3/97: Remarkable statue from the Delta

According to various sources, a remarkable statue was discovered on March 2 during the construction of a house in the Nile Delta in the Zagazig area (85 km NE of CAiro), near the site of the Old Kingdom temple of Pepy I. It is a unique statue, showing a man with, in front of the torso, three small standing figures of children with the sidelock of youth, and probably the broken remains of another child seated on the lap. There are numerous inlays on the statue. On the side of the chair is the figure of a baboon holding a mirror. The statue is 95 cm tall and 25 cm wide.It bears no inscriptions.

Dr Aly Hassan, head of the SCA, is quoted as saying that it is as beautiful as the greatest pieces in the Cairo Museum.

My impression is that is it later 18th dynasty or early ramesside in date. All the reports speak of it as being a statue of a woman, but it seems also possible (from the photo) that it is male. There appear to be no breasts, and the wig type looks that of a man. We are all here reminded of a scene in Theban tomb 226 of a man with 4 children on his lap (a royal nurse or similar), although that tomb, of the time of Amenhotep III, seems earlier than this statue.

My original note has been modified with information from Helena Jaeske.


6/3/97: Prof Vilmos Wessetzky

It is with deep sorrow that the International Association of Egyptologists announces the death of one of its distinguished members, Professor Dr Vilmos Wessetzky. The funeral will take place in Budapest on 10 March.

(On behalf of the IAE: Jaromir Malek)

20/2/97: Prof Hellmut Brunner

Prof Schenkel regrets to inform us of the death of Prof Brunner, emeritus Professor of Egyptology at Tuebingen, at the age of 83. An obituary will be found here.


19/2/97: New mailing list

A mailing list for those interested in Egyptian language has been established. The WWW page, in course of development, is Input so far has been a mixture from those inside and outside the field of Egyptian language.


17/2/97: Antiquities again

The BBC World Service carried a story on 16/2/97 that the trial of the Egyptian element of an Antiquities prosecution (I believe it is related to that below) has concluded with sentences of jail and hard labour for 12 individuals. 5 were former Antiquities Inspectors and 3 were British nationals prosecuted in their absence. The thefts were mainly from Luxor and Saqqara.


10/2/97: Antiquities

The British Daily Telegraph on 5 Feb 97 carried an article with pictures about an art dealer who is presently on trial in the UK for smuggling antiquities, including some objects from the tomb of Hetepka at Saqqara. The article describes some techniques which might have been used for disguising originals as fakes. It has been known for some time that robberies have been going on in the tomb of Hetepka, and this story is the surfacing in the press of an investigation which the Egyptian and British police forces have been following for some time, and in which a number of arrests have been made.

The German press at the end of January carried stories indicating that Egypt was no longer going to press its case for the return of certain famous objects, such as the Rosetta stone and the head of Nefertiti. Dr Aly Hassan, head of the SCA, is quoted as saying that the monuments are in good hands and well looked after, and that Egypt has no space to display the objects in an equivalent or better setting. The articles also refer to the new museum in Cairo, which is still planned for the early years of next century, and to a further 20 museums which the SCA would like to build.

The articles also note that Egypt has drastically increased the penalties for antiquities smuggling.



Late 1996 revival of ANE

I have been taken to task by readers for not announcing the rebirth of the ANE list in Chicago. So do check this out if you are not already subscribed:


29/1/97: Tomb of Kai

CNN has been carrying a story about the discovery and restoration of the tomb of Kai at Giza at

My thanks to Helena Jaeschke for this URL. [I have heard that as of mid-Feb 1997, this link is already outdated]


26/1/97: Cairo Museum online

I have noticed that the Cairo Museum now has a web page. Try it on


20/1/97: News from Luxor

I have compiled a short note about happenings in Luxor this winter. It may be found at

This news hit the international media on 24/25 January. You read it here first!!


2/1/97: James B. Pritchard


News has come of the death of James Pritchard at the end of December 1996 in Philadelphia. He will be known to Egyptology mainly from his editing of the volume Ancient Near Eastern Texts relating to the Old Testament (ANET).


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