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News from 2005

20 December 2005

2 December 2005

Old King Tut

A spot of pre-Christmas amusement.

A colleague at the British Museum has drawn my attention to a song about King Tut recorded in 1923. Could this be the earliest musical reference to the discovery of the tomb? Hear it at:

My thanks to Bob Knox.

Happy Christmas, everyone!

MA in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East at UCL

Applications are invited for the MA in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Full details of the course and application procedures can be found on the Institute's website:

Further enquiries to:
Dr. David Wengrow
Institute of Archaeology
University College London Email:

28 November 2005

Ernö Gaál

News has reached me of the passing of Ernö Gaál, head of the Department of Egyptology at the Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest. I fear I know no more information at the moment. I understand that a volume of studies in his memory is being prepared; contact

I worked close to the Hungarian excavations in Thebes for a number of years and very much enjoyed the company of Gaál and his colleagues; I last met him in Qurna in (I think) 2001. He was an expert in Assyriology (including Urartuology) as well as Egyptology.

ADDED 18/1/06: Tamás Bács has sent me an obituary.

New Griffith Institute photos

"A collection of photographs taken in Egypt in 1888 by James Parker Simpson can now be consulted on the Griffith Institute's web pages The photographs are the property of his great grandson, Mr Simon B. Simpson OBE and have beenidentified and catalogued by the Topographical Bibliography team. They contain several now destroyed or damaged scenes in TT 96 Sennufer (Le Tombeau des Vignes) and several interesting images taken in royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Copies of the photographs are now in the Archive of the Griffith Institute in Oxford and an article about the photographs taken in TT 96 will appear in the next issue of Discussions in Egyptology."

Jaromir Malek
Keeper of the Archive
Griffith Institute

12 August 2005

Discoveries at Tell Hebua

Egyptian excavations at the eastern Delta site of Tell Hebua have revealed important new finds on the Second Intermediate Period.

Participants at the recent BM Colloquium were treated to a lecture on the site by the dig director, Mohamed Abdel-Maqsoud. Further evidence has been found for the 14th dynasty king Nehsy, for example.

Berlin Museum reopening this week

The Egyptian Museum in the centre of Berlin has been closed for some time pending reinstallation with the ultimate aim of reuniting the previous two collections on the one site on the Museumsinsel in the middle of the city. This is about to be achieved on 13 August.

8 August 2005

9 June 2005

CYBERNEWS--new news service on this server

Thanks to the co-operation of the Cyberscribe, a page of news and more 'eclectic' material from across the net is now available on this server:

This page includes many items which I either do not have the time to put here or which don't reach the level of certainty or reliability which are my criteria for inclusion.

I am very grateful to the Cyberscribe for this co-operation.

Statue at Karnak

Restoration work by the Franco-Egyptian Mission in the temple of Karnak has come across a statue of a life size statue of one of the Neferhotep kings of the 13th dynasty. It is actually probably part of a double statue. Statues of kings of this period are not common, so this is a very interesting discovery.

See the Egyptian press release:

6 May 2005

4 May 2005

Saqqara mummy

An early Ptolemaic mummy which has been found in the Teti Pyramid Cemetery is being billed as 'the world's most beautiful mummy' (!). It has been found by an Egyptian team, but more details are lacking at present.

Gwyn Griffiths archive in Oxford

The Archive of the Griffith Institute in Oxford has just acquired the papers of the late John Gwyn Griffiths (1911-2004), Professor of Classics and Egyptology, University College of Swansea. For other acquisitions see

Jaromir Malek

2 May 2005

Donald Lowle

The following appeared in the Liverpool Daily post on 9 and 20 April:

LOWLE - DONALD ALAN, March 18, 2005, suddenly at his home 14 Clwydian Park Crescent, Trefnant, St Asaph. Sadly missed by Family, Friends and Colleagues. Funeral Service at Holy Trinity Church, Trefnant, on Friday April 22, at 1.00 p.m. followed by Cremation at Colwyn Bay. No flowers by request but donations gratefully accepted towards Trefnant Church Fund. C/O R Morris & Son FD, St Asaph Road, Trefnant, Denby. Tel: 01745 730369.

Most persons reading this list probably won't have heard of Donald Lowle. He and I shared an office as students in Liverpool at the end of the 1970s and early 1980s. He was doing research on the Egyptian military of the New Kingdom, and although he published several articles, he never completed it. I lost contact with him after 1983, but I understand he continued to teach for the W.E.A. and for the University's Continuing Education, where his courses were always popular.

He was an extremely genial and amusing person and I am very sorry to know that he is no longer with us.

30 March 2005

17 March 2005

Discovery of ships on the Red Sea coast

Several media sources are reporting on a discovery of parts of Egyptian ships near Wadi Gawasis on the Red Sea. Speculation is beginning that they may be associated with Hatshepsut's trip to Punt, although this may be pushing the material a little far at the moment.

Valley of the Kings survey

The Theban Mapping Project is carrying out a survey of visitors to the valley so as to prepare a plan to put to the SCA. The survey can be found by following this link:

15 March 2005

Did Mohamed Ali plan to destroy the pyramids?

Information on the French engineer Linant de Bellefonds suggests that de Bellefonds was instrumental in stopping things when Mohamed ali seriously considered dismantling the pyramids to build the Delta barrage. URL provided by the Cyberscribe.

Latest on the proposed move of the Cairo station Ramesses II

URLs provided by the Cyberscribe.

9 March 2005

21 February 2005

Results of the Tut scans

The Tutankhamun CT scans have produced the conclusion that he was not murdered. This has mostly produced a sigh of relief among the Egyptological community, but I definitely detected an element of disappointment in the media!! URLs provided by the Cyberscribe:

Zahi Hawwass press release



Al-Ahram Weekly

From the latest al-Ahram Weekly

Polish Mission discovers Coptic texts

27 January 2005

25 January 2005

Various from Egypt

The scanning of Tut's mummy seems to have provoked a row in Egypt:

A Japanese mission at Dahshur has found an intact tomb

Story in Yahoo news

New electronic publications

New issues of BMSAES and

15 January 2005

15 January 2005

Mummy of Tut CAT scanned

The mummy of king Tut has been temporarily removed from the tomb and scanned. There are various media stories around it.

National Geographic (sponsors)

There are apparently also reports of controversy around it. [See now story 27 Jan]

Salawa again

Back in 1996 (I think) I reported on the Salawa, a dog-like animal which reputed appeared in the Armant area. Apparently they have reappeared in the Alexandria area.

8 January 2005

22 December 2004

Roger Moorey

I regret to begin the new year with news of another passing.

It has been announced that Roger Moorey, former Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, died on 23 December at the age of 67. He had retired a couple of years ago, and a Festschrift had recently appeared in his honour.

The funeral will take place at the Oxford Crematorium on Tuesday 11th January, at 3.00 p.m. See also the Wolfson College web site.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

The Egyptian Galleries at the Fitzwilliam closed in October 2004 and will not reopen until early in 2006. It will be possible to provide limited access to the collection for the purposes of research, although this will be subject to some time constraints, depending on the progress of work and availability of staff during the course of the work.

In the interim, you can monitor the progress of the project on the museum's website:

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