News and gossip April-December 1996

18/10/96: Marek Marciniak

Carol Redmount has passed on to me the sad news that Dr Marek Marciniak died on Friday 11 October 1996.

11/10/96: News from the Demotic conference

Janet Johnson has asked me to publicise an announcement about a register of those with an interest in demotic. It may be viewed by clicking here.


26/9/96: I.E.S. Edwards

The following was received from the Griffith Institute:

It is with deep regret that we have to report the death of Dr. I. E. S. Edwards, one of the best-known British Egyptologists, on 24 September. An obituary may be found here.

[Note:] Dr Edwards was formerly the Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities in the British Museum, and is probably most widely known for his book 'The Pyramids of Egypt'.


Aug-Sep 96: Kom Hamada temple

Stories surfaced in the European press in August and early September about a temple of Ramesses II being found at Kom Hamada in the Western Delta. Thanks to Onno Mastenbroek and Manu Tassier for telling me. More information would be appreciated.


17/9/96: New tomb at Luxor ?

Tom Heagy kindly sent me this information:

In the Sept 15 Chicago Tribune quoting Reuters as the source an article quotes a article from that appeared in the Egyptian newspaper "al-Ahram" in their Saturday edition that a new tomb of a 19th dynasty king has been discovered "near the Valley of the Kings". The tomb was apparently robbed in antiquity but still contains a sarcophagaus with complete lid both decorated in color. The complete mummy was also found in its linen wrappings but was not in the sarcophagaus. Tomb also contains statues of the king and his wife. Other goods found but not specified. Most goods missing.

The tomb was apparently found 10 years ago by man who works for antiquities service who hid it by building a house over the entrance intending to sell contents. Not clear if he had actually sold anything. "The pharaoh has not yet been identified"...

A Reuter report sent to me by David Howell indicated that the king is 19th dynasty, and gave this further information: Apparently the underground tomb contains a large hall with 10 columns, six of them marble, statues of the pharaoh and his wife and a burial chamber with the large red granite sarcophagus and the complete mummy nearby. The sarcophagus is about six feet (1.84 m) long and three feet (.92 m) tall, has a complete lid and is decorated with hieroglyphic writing and drawings in color, it added. The burial chamber lay at the end of a spiral corridor 328 ft. long, leading off the pillared hall.

Any further information will be appreciated. I should add a personal note that all the evidence points to this not being a king's tomb. All the royal tombs of the New Kingdom after the very beginning of the 18th dynasty are in the Valley of the Kings, and we have the tomb of every known 19th dynasty king.


16/9/96: William A. Ward

William A. Ward, Visiting Professor in the Department of Egyptology at Brown University, passed away on Friday, September 13. He had been hospitalized after collapsing two days earlier from an abdominal aneurysm.

I am grateful to Christina J. Riggs and Peter Manuelian for this information.


16/9/96: Pyramid of Khafre open again

An article in the Times informs us that the pyramid of Khafre has been reopened following the installation of an air circulation system to reduce problems related to moisture. Thanks to Helena Jaeschke for the information.


13/9/96: SCA changes?

Changes in the SCA in Cairo are apparently as a result of the theft described below. I am grateful to James Whitfield for telling me about an AP article. The news is that Ali Hassan has replaced Abdel Halim Nureddin as head of the SCA.


13/9/96: Foiled theft at the Cairo Museum

The Suddeutscher Zeitung today had a story about an unemployed Egyptian man who stayed in the Cairo Museum overnight intending to steal some of the Tut jewellery. Mohamed Saleh was quoted as saying that he was caught by the guards in the morning!


6/8/96: Statue of Ramesses II at Giza

CNN World News has a story about a large statue of Ramesses II found near the pyramid of Menkaure at Giza. Read this link! Thanks to Richard Pinch.


6/8/96: New Egypt group in Australia


A new Society called the Ancient Egypt Society of Western Australia has been established in June, 1996. The Society's President is an Egyptian archeologist - Amany Hanna. Amany will be giving lectures on the first Wednesday of each month at the Craft Centre at Perth Central Railway Station. Please phone on 09 4817994 for further details


29/7/96: Entrance charges in Egypt

A report in the Daily Telegraph indicates the the Supreme Council for Antiquities will be increasing charges for visiting some sites in Egypt by up to 100%.

Prices generally seem to be going up for visitors; I recently discovered that Egypt Air has virtually doubled its Cairo-Luxor fares since 12 months ago.


22/7/96: End of ANE list

Charles Jones posted the following notice announcing the end of the ANE list for the present:

It is clear, after slightly more than three years of service, that the ANE list no longer serves the function for which it was intended. Consequently, we have decided to close it pending a reassessment of the means by which we might again provide a useful, interesting and productive means of communicating ideas and information on the ancient Near Eastern world

It is virtually certain at this point, that any successor to ANE from the Oriental Institute in Chicago will be moderated in a number of ways at both the subscription and the posting levels. It is, however, premature to discuss any other details of the configuration of such a successor.

In the meantime, any information on the status of ANE or successors will be posted at the ANE page on the Web server at the Oriental Institute:

2/7/96: Mummies in Nebraska

Picked up from the ANE list:

The University of Nebraska has begun its radiographic investigation of the three Egyptian mummies in its Egyptian Collection this summer. On July 1st, 1996 the first mummy, of Ptolemaic date, was successfully plain film radiographed at the University Health Center. Both lateral and anterior-posterior views were taken, and the plates now reside at the University of Nebraska State Museum's Division of Anthropology with the Egyptian Collection Research Project. The operation was jointly funded by the Project's Director, the Museum, and the UNL Department of Classics. During the rest of the month of July 1996 the remaining two mummies will be plain-film radiographed also.

This is a landmark occasion for the UNSM and the hard-working students of the Egyptian Collection Research Project. Thanks to all who contributed advice and encouragement for the last two years, because this is just the beginning!

Alan Kirkland
Director, Egyptian Collection Research Project
UNSM/Dept. of Classics

28/6/96: News from Copenhagen

From: Elin Rand Nielsen

The New Carlsberg Glyptotek finished re-installing one of the egyptian rooms yesterday. Now the mummies rest in a virtual tomb, complete with granite floor. Very impressive.

The first catalogue of a series was published yesterday, too: Egypt I, showing 89 pieces up to and including Middle Kingdom. All pieces are illustrated with beautiful, new color-photographs. An english as well as a danish version available. The price is 180 d.Kr. - and really worth it.

The Glyptotek is not on-line, therefore I took the liberty to make this announcement. The address is:
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Dantes Plads 7
DK-1556 Copenhagen V

The curator of the egyptian department (alias the author of the catalogue) is Mogens Jorgensen.

24/6/96: The future of Egyptian Antiquities

Click here for some important points from a lecture given in London by Prof Abdel Halim Nur-ed-Din, the head of the SCA.

21/6/96: Kent Weeks talk in LA

Kent Weeks will give a slide illustrated lecture entitled "Inside a Pharoah's Tomb: The Sons of Ramesses the Great" on Sunday, June 30, 1996, at 2 p.m. in the Jean Delacour Auditorium of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Tickets are $7 for NHM members, $9 non-members, $5 students. Call the Education Division at 213/744-4534, or fax 213/744-1042.

From (Karen Hovanitz).

4/6/96 Theft

I belatedly include the following posted in May to the ANE list:

Nicole B. Hansen said "I received the following story on another list and I thought it might be of interest to some of you. It's a translation of a story from the Egyptian newspaper al-Hayat."

The copyright of al-Hayat is acknowledged. Click here for the story.

21/5/96: Mme Posener

From several sources I have been informed of the death of Mme Paule Posener-Krieger on 11 May. The funeral was on 15 May.

Mme Posener was a former head of the IFAO, and *the* expert on Old Kingdom papyri and other administrative texts. I would be indebted for any obituaries etc which readers might provide.

14/5/96: New Egyptology interest groups

1. Prodigy Ancient Egypt Interest Group

Prodigy Online Services announces the first online Ancient Egypt Interest Group! This group revolves around several features which include a comprehensive Egypt web page, Archaeology Bulletin Board, an Ancient Egypt File Library, and an Ancient Egypt Chat area.

The web page, the "Ancient Egypt Connection" is the most comprehensive Egypt and Egyptology index on the Internet today. The page intelligently categorizes and describes each Egypt web site, which allows individuals to easily find anything they want about Egypt on the WWW. The Bulletin Board allows for ongoing specialized discussion for both the Egyptologist and lay person alike. The BB is easy to use and allows one conduct many conversations at once in an organized fashion. Certain sections are moderated which allows for more serious archaeological discussion. The Ancient Egypt File Library allows for the downloading of files directly from the Prodigy Service. Files include Egyptian Images, Egypt Games, Hieroglyphic Fonts, and Web Page Building tools. The Ancient Egypt Chat area allows group members to meet and conduct discussions in "real" time. There are weekly scheduled events and members can set up their own Egypt chat events as well. In order to join the group, you must be a member of Prodigy. Membership includes all the traditional Prodigy features, Internet/Web access, as well as Personal Web Pages for members.

Feel free to contact me for further information.

Dr. Andrew Bayuk
Moderator, Ancient Egypt Connection

2. Staffordshire Amateur Egyptology Society

We have formed a NEW EGYPTOLOGY SOCIETY called the Staffordshire Amateur Egyptology Society. We are based in Stafford, near Stafford Castle and meet the first Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm, at a place called the 'Barn' Castle Church Hall. We have been meeting since last autumn and are growing steadily - but although we do have talks, trips and invited speakers, as a new society we will need all the support we can get. Any interested Egyptologigists willing to come along as an invited guest speaker would be very welcome. As their chairman (Paul Badham) I can be e-mailed at:

9/5/96: ICCROM CD ROM likely to appear

Richard and Helena Jaeschke have passed on the following information:

ICCROM (the International Council for Conservation, Rome) is developing a CD-ROM on "The Safeguard of the Nile Valley Monuments, as seen through ICCROM's archives". It will contain a wealth of published and unpublished reports, salvage proposals, photographs, laboratory analyses, radio interviews and correspondence generated during ICCROM's participation in the dramatic UNESCO campaign to save Egyptian and Sudanese monuments from flooding due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Work on this project is nearing completion, and the CD-ROM should be available in May through the Publication Sales Office at ICCROM, Via di San Michele 13, 00153 Rome.

The ICCROM web page is

9/5/96:The Sphinx

Stories are surfacing in newsgroups about plans to open chambers etc in the Sphinx. Anyone with reliable news sources is invited to contact me!

Shooting in Cairo 18/4/96

At least 18 people were killed after gunmen shouting Islamic slogans opened fire on Greek tourists in front of a Cairo hotel. Another 14 people were wounded. "This is a terrible attack. It is the worst shooting that we have had," said a spokesman for the Egyptian Interior Ministry. The group of 88 tourists was fired on by at least three gunmen wearing black leather jackets and shouting "God is great!" Witnesses said the gunmen and a driver then escaped in a van.

Courtesy Elin Rand Nielsen

Click here to see a statement from the Ministry of Tourism.

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