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News from 2004

21 December 2004

4 December 2004

SCA commercial arm

An interesting article in Al-Ahram Weekly talks about new initiatives to market the SCA and the monuments of Egypt.

Spotted by Charles Jones of the ANE list

New course at UCL

In 2005 the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, will accept its first year of students for a new MA in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Applications are now welcome. Full details of the course and application procedures can be found on the Institute website.

Further enquiries to

David Wengrow

1 December 2004

Apologies for little news entered here recently. Here are a number of interesting stories spotted by the Cyberscribe.

The Valley of the Kings, and king Tut,,1351182,00.html

Various sources report research on early Arab sources by Okasha ed-Daly,6903,1318435,00.html

Suggestion for relocating the temple of Esna

There is an on-going dispute about drilling in the pyramids

13th dynasty coffin in Luxor (in Spanish, with picture)

31 August 2004

Theft of books from Uppsala

I gather that a book dealer is under arrest for selling library books from the Uppsala area and elsewhere. Follow this link to read the appeal for information by Lana Troy.

Programme to catalogue Cairo Museum basement

This story caught my eye:

21 August 2004

19 July 2004


Various sources have recently mentioned the discovery of further parts of statues etc at Akhmim. The best is in al-Ahram Weekly:

Lech Krzyzaniak

News has come from Poland of the death on 10th July 2004 of Professor Lech Krzyzaniak, director of the Poznan Archaeological Museum. He wasa specialist in the prehistory of Egypt. More information will be found about him on the Museum's web site.

9 June 2004

9 June 2004

J Gwyn Griffiths

News has come of the death of J Gwyn Grifffiths, who was Professor of Classics and Egyptology at the University of Swansea, 1973-79. As well as his work in that area, he was also well-known in Welsh literary circles.

There is an obituary in the Independent:

Programme to catalogue Cairo Museum basement

This story caught my eye:

9 June 2004

9 June 2004

Article on modern Qurna

In al-Ahram Weekly, about the modern village and a new exhibition.

A retrospect on the Nubian campaigns

In al-Ahram Weekly.

27 April 2004

27 April 2004

New tri-lingual decree?

Reports are appearing of a tri-lingual decree of Ptolemy III from the Delta (perhaps like the Rosetta Stone):

Late Period tomb at Saqqara

A Reuter's report indicates that a multi-chambered tomb has been found at Saqqara containing undisturbed burials from the 26th dynasty to the Ptolemaic period.

Further reports added 28 April:,1518,297443,00.html

7 April 2004

8 April 2004

Dealer returns antiquities

A story in the New York Times indicates that Phoenix Ancient Art, of Geneva and New York, has returned two stelae to Egypt which were looted from Akhmim in the early 1990s. These objects were the centre of a very interesting article on antiquities theft in the NYT earlier in the year.

Reminder: the NYT web site is subscription-only.

Miriam Lichtheim

Apologies for bringing news of another passing. Stefan Wimmer reports from Israel that Miriam Lichtheim died there at the end of March.

Lichtheim will be well known to many readers as the author of Ancient Egyptian Literature, a three volume set of translations of Egyptian texts ranging from the Old Kingdom to the Roman Period. In more recent years she produced a number of studies of biographical texts; her own autobiography was published in 1999.

7 April 2004

10 March 2004

Drawing board from Thebes

Stories about fragments from a drawing board found in excavations in TT11 in Luxor have appeared: (Reuters via Yahoo),1282,62902,00.html (photo)

Frank Yurco and Arne Eggebrecht

I apologise that things have been quiet for too long. Now I must bring news of the passing of two Egyptologists.

Frank Yurco was an Egyptologist in Chicago. Over the past few years he was quite prominent in online Egyptological issues, so many readers may have come across him.

Arne Eggebrecht was a great public advocate for Egyptology in Germany. He was for many years director of the Roemer-Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim. There he was responsible for many important exhibitions. He was also instrumental in the museum getting involved in excavations at Tell ed-Daba in Egypt.

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