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Luxor Times: 17 Apr 2017

Luxor Times

Monday 17 April 2017

Exclusive footage: Amazing new finds by an Egyptian team in Luxor

The Egyptian archaeological mission working in Dra Abu El-Naga necropolis on Luxor’s west bank unearthed the funerary collection of a New Kingdom tomb of Userhat.

The tomb represents a typical example of a nobleman tomb. It is a T-shaped tomb consists of an open court leading into a rectangular hall, a corridor and an inner chamber.

After removing almost 450 cubic metres of debris out of the open court, appeared the entrance of the tomb as well as two other entrances leading to two joint tombs.
Excavation works are at its full swings to reveal the secrets of these two tombs.

Check HERE for more on the tomb location and details

Inside the rectangular hall, a well-preserved wooden coffin, decorated with coloured scenes, was unearthed and a nine metres deep shaft was uncovered. Inside the shaft, the mission has located two rooms; one on the eastern side where a collection of ushabti figurines, wooden masks and a handle of a sarcophagus lid was unearthed. 
The second one is located on the western side but did not completely excavated yet.
The corridor of the tomb leads into an inner chamber where a cachette of sarcophagi is found. It houses a collection of sarcophagi from the 21st Dynasty with mummies wrapped in linen.

A collection of ushabti figurines carved in faience, terracotta and wood was also unearthed as well as another collection of clay pots of different shapes and sizes.

The team include Dr. MostafaWaziri (Head of Archaeological mission), Mohamed Khalil (Head of the Antiquities Inspectors),
Mohamed Daabish and Ahmed Al-Tayeb (Antiquities Inspectors),
Ahmed Baghdady and Ramadan Salem (Restorers)

The videos below
1) Dr. Mostafa Waziry talking about the discovery at the site today.
2) Dr. Khaled El-Enany, Minister of Antiquities, speaking to Luxor Times about the discovery.


#Egypt #Egyptology #Archaeology #Luxor #WorldHeritageDay

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Exclusive Footage: Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of CFEETK

Photography Exhibition in Karnak Temple

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the French-Egyptian Centre for the Study of Karnak Temples (1967-2017)

In July 1967 Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, permanent UNESCO advisor in Egypt, undertook a bilateral agreement leading to the establishment of the “French-Egyptian Centre for the Study of Karnak Temples” or as you would know it in French as “Centre Franco-Égyptien d'Étude des Temples de Karnak” CFEETK.

Since it was established, the centre has been conducting major conservation and cultural patrimony efforts to ensure the preservation of the exceptional ancient complex, as well as the great archaeological discoveries that have helped to shed the light not only on the history of Karnak temples but of Ancient Egyptian in general.

On Tuesday April 18th, under the auspices of HE Prof. Dr. Khaled El-Enany, Minister of Antiquities, the Ministry of Antiquities and the CFEETK, a photography exhibition will be inaugurated to celebrate the golden jubilee of the centre. The temporary exhibition will last till 31st of May 2017.

The Photos Exhibition features a number of photos placed carefully around the Karnak temples complex and they show different projects, discoveries or elements of the temples through the years.

You can find below a number of photos cover all the photos of the exhibition including a video shows the panel floating on the water of the sacred lake with a photo of a statue of the god Amun and on the other side a photo of a statue of the scribe Ramsesnakht which was discovered by George Legrain in 1904. (Scroll down for video)

More photos will be published tomorrow.

It is also worth mentioning that CFEETK was awarded “Luxor Times Egyptology Award” for Top Ongoing Achievement for the work in Karnak for 50 years. The ceremonies were held at the Ministry of Antiquities in Cairo on February 19th, 2017. Dr. Christophe Thiers received the award and gave a presentation on the work on the centre during the past 50 years. 

#Egypt #Luxor #Karnak #CFEETK #Archaeology #Egyptology

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