Saturday, 28 March 2015

Isis Temple at Deir el Shewit

Deir el Shewit 004 View through gateway

Isis Temple at Deir el Shewit

To the S, on the road to Armant (footpath from Medinet Habu, 50 minutes), is the well-preserved Temple of Isis
of the Roman period, now known as the Deir el Shewit. It dates from the
reigns of Hadrian and Antonious Pius, and the ruined pylon has
inscriptions of Vespasian, Domitian and Otho. The cella is surrounded by
a number of smaller chambers, in one of which (far left from the
entrance) is a staircase leading to the roof.......................

Because I can put up galleries on word press all the photos are on my website Isis Temple at Deir el Shewit. I have put both mine and Michaels.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Two sections of Sphinxes Avenue in Luxor to open - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online


Two sections of Sphinxes Avenue in Luxor to open - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: After five years of restoration the first and fifth Sphinxes Avenues, which once connected both Karnak and Luxor temples in ancient times, are to be opened tomorrow night for the first time.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Egypt to end visas on arrival for all foreign tourists as of May 15 | Cairo Post

Egypt to end visas on arrival for all foreign tourists as of May 15Egypt to end visas on arrival for all foreign tourists as of May 15 | Cairo Post: CAIRO: Egypt’s Tourism Promotion Authority office in New York announced Friday Egypt would no longer offer visas upon arrival to any non-Egyptian wishing to travel to Egypt for tourism effective May 15, 2015.

“Individual tourists must obtain visas (from the Egyptian Diplomatic Mission) prior to their arrival to Egypt. No visas will be issued upon arrival to the country,” according to the statement.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Please ignore previous post saying visa restrictions lifted

I neglected to check the date of the article.


Sorry old article

Apologies this was an old news report, ignore this post

Changes to tourism visa regulations suspended: Egyptian ministry of tourism - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online: Egypt will suspend the decision requiring tourists to get visas in advance, says the ministry of tourism.

The Assistant Minister of Tourism, Hisham Zazou announced that the Minister of Tourism Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour has agreed with the Council of Ministers to suspend the decision. Zazou added that tourism companies and offices were already notified of the suspension of the decision.

Last Thursday the cabinet had announced that it was going to change the visa regulations and visitors could no longer get their visa upon arrival in Egypt. Previously, tourists from Europe, the US and other select countries could simply purchase a one-month visa at the airport upon arrival, which helped promote tourism in the country.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Exclusive update from the Valley of Kings on the undecorated tombs

The Pacific Lutheran University Valley
of the Kings Project directed by Dr. Donald P. Ryan conducted a busy study
season during the month of February (and the team stayed at Flats in
Luxor!)  The work this year consisted mostly of documentation and
conservation work on the several undecorated tombs they have been
investigating.  Among their tasks, the team placed new informative signs
in front of each of the project tombs (a real help to tourists wandering about
the Valley wondering what all these obscure shafts and doors are!), and
installed a sturdy new door over the entrance of controversial tomb KV 60.

The small corridor tomb KV 21 serves as a "base-camp" and laboratory for the project.

Archaeologists Rose Campbell and Mojca Jereb working outside KV 27.

Reis Mohammed Farouk and Denis Whitfill install a new sign outside of KV 44.

A new protective door is installed over the steep entry stairs of KV 60.

Project director Don Ryan with a new sign and door for KV 60

 If you want to know more about the project there is lots on the website Ryan-Egyptian Archeology

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Egyptian Economic Development Conference (EEDC).

There are LOTS of reports coming out of this conference which are exciting residents in Luxor.  So not strictly Luxor News but certainly good news for Luxor residents and all of Egypt. 

$45 Billion in Foreign Investments Pledged For Egypt | Egyptian Streets: Egypt’s state media has reported that as of noon on Saturday, $US 45 billion in foreign investments had been pledged for Egypt at the Egyptian Economic Development Conference (EEDC).

Egypt Announces Plans to Build New Capital - ABC News:
Egypt's government announced Friday plans to build a new capital
adjacent to Cairo, in a massive new project that in its first phase
would cost $45 billion and take up to seven years to complete.

BP signs $12 billion energy deal in Egypt | Reuters:
(Reuters) - Oil company BP has signed an agreement to invest $12
billion in Egypt that will produce 3 billion barrels of oil equivalent, a
joint statement from the company and the government said on Saturday.

GE signs $1.7 billion order with Egypt - Times Union:
General Electric Co.'s Schenectady-based Power & Water unit
announced a $1.7 billion deal with Egypt that was secretly signed in
December to provide 43 electric turbines.

Friday, 13 March 2015

American archaeologists unearth Egyptian tombs in Luxor | Daily Mail Online

Some great photos in this report.

The tombs were found earlier this month near the Sheikh Abd el-Qurna dig site, situated at the feet of the Theban mountains

American archaeologists unearth Egyptian tombs in Luxor | Daily Mail Online: American archaeologists unearth stunning Egyptian tombs in Luxor featuring intricate and colorful murals unseen for thousands of years

New Visa Rules from mid May - Luxor Forum - TripAdvisor

I  have no idea of the truth of this but for what it is worth I spotted it on Trip Advisor. If planning to come to Egypt I suggest you check with the Egyptian Embassy in your country BEFORE traveling. I know the London Embassy turn these round really quickly, 48 hours has been the experience of my guests. 

New Visa Rules from mid May - Luxor Forum - TripAdvisor: This message is on the Facebook page of: Consulat d'Egypte à Paris…

Nouvelle réglementation en matière de visas

A dater du 15 mai 2015, nous vous prions de noter que toute personne désirant se rendre en Egypte devra obtenir son visa avant le départ.

Cette réglementation s’applique à toutes les nationalités, aucun visa ne pourra être obtenu à l’arrivée en Egypte.

New regulations on visas

A date from the 15 may 2015, please note that any person wishing to Go in egypt will have to get his visa before departure.

This regulation applies to all nationalities, no visas can be obtained at the arrival In egypt.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Al-Tahrir News Network | Al-Azhar releases fatwa forbidding the destruction of artefacts

Al-Tahrir News Network | Al-Azhar releases fatwa forbidding the destruction of artefacts: Egyptian Islamic institute Al-Azhar has released a fatwa on Friday forbidding the destruction of ancient artefacts after Islamic State raids on a Mosul museum and the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud.

EgyptAir to resume Manchester service | World Airline News

EgyptAir to resume Manchester service | World Airline News: EgyptAir (Cairo) will resume the Cairo – Manchester route on July 3 initially with three weekly flights per Airline Route

Friday, 6 March 2015

Karnak Excavation Yields 38 Artifacts - HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News

Osiris statuette and figurine 

Karnak Excavation Yields 38 Artifacts - HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News: The CNRS/Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities has just completed the excavation of a favissa, a pit discovered in early December 2014 near the temple of the god Ptah.

The dig has unearthed 38 statues, statuettes and precious objects, making this an exceptional find, both for the quantity and quality of the religious artifacts brought to light. Furthermore, a completely new recording method was used during the dig that makes it possible to virtually reconstruct each step of the discovery with millimeter accuracy.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Ministry of Antiquities Press Office... - Ministry of Antiquities

Ministry of Antiquities Press Office... - Ministry of Antiquities:

Amazing Discovery in Luxor

A new tomb belonging to "Amenhotep " who is also called Rebiu, the door-keeper of god Amun have been discovered by the American Research Center's Mission with an Egyptian team of inspectors working at the area. The tomb most probably dates to the New Kingdom, particularly the 18th Dynasty….. Declared Dr. Eldamaty, the Minister of Antiquities.

The discovery was made during the work in the courtyard of TT110. Further work will determine if they shared the same courtyard or not. The tomb is T shaped and consists of a Transverse Hall 5.10 meters in length and 1.50 meters wide that leads to another chamber that is 2.50 meters long and 2.10 meters wide. There is a small unfinished niche at the eastern end. There is also an entrance in the south that leads to a small side room which is 2 meters by 2 meters. In the middle of this room there is a shaft that may lead to the burial chamber.

Eldamaty added that the tomb contains many stunning scenes with bright colors painted on plaster. Many of scenes represent the tomb owner and his wife in front of an offering table and a view of a goddess nursing a royal child as well as scenes of the daily life.

Furthermore, General Director of Upper Egypt, Sultan Eid commented that the tomb was deliberately damaged in ancient time; the name and titles of the tomb owner, some hieroglyphic texts and scenes in addition to the names of the god Amun were deliberately erased.

Monday, 2 March 2015

TT184 Update


Excavation in TT184 and the south side of el-Khokha hillock. Lots of pics and updates

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Warfare and Weapons in Ancient Egypt - FREE MOOC course from Joyce Tydesley

Joyce Tyldesley 

Warfare and Weapons in Ancient Egypt - Canvas Network | Free online courses | MOOCs

Dynastic Egypt united in approximately 3100 B.C. It remained an
independent land for much of its 3,000 year history, before becoming
absorbed into the Roman Empire in 30 B.C.

During this Dynastic Period, Egypt was able to recover from civil war
and foreign rule and use its military might to develop a vast empire
stretching from the Sudan to Syria. This military success shows that
Egypt understood the value of an efficient fighting force. Certainly,
the royal propaganda of the victorious king riding into battle in his
chariot, or smiting the enemy who grovels at his feet, is one of Egypt's
most enduring and instantly-recognisable images. But how accurate is
this image? What do we know about warfare and weapons in ancient Egypt?

This course, led by expert Egyptologist and author, Dr. Joyce
Tyldesley, explores the art, archaeology, and technology of Egyptian
warfare and weapons from the Predynastic Period (Dynasty 0) to the end
of the New Kingdom (Dynasty 20). Drawing on contemporary literature, it
introduces the mighty warrior Tuthmosis III, victor of Megiddo (the
Biblical Armageddon), and the self-proclaimed hero Ramesses II, who
claims to have single-handedly won the Battle of Kadesh.

  • Kings, enemies, soldiers and weapons
  • Warfare in the Old and Middle Kingdoms
  • Warfare in the 18th Dynasty
  • Warfare in the Ramesside Period

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Was King Senebkay killed in battle? Injuries to pharaoh's bones suggest he was brutally hacked with axes while riding his horse | Daily Mail Online

The 3,650-year old skeleton of King Senebkay (pictured right) has revealed the pharaoh died a violent death from blows to the head with axes. Archaeologists uncovered the tomb, complete with paintings, last yearWas King Senebkay killed in battle? Injuries to pharaoh's bones suggest he was brutally hacked with axes while riding his horse | Daily Mail Online: The 3,650-year old skeleton of King Senebkay has revealed the pharaoh died a violent death.

Senebkay lived at a time when rulers battled for power before the rise of Egypt’s New Kingdom in 1,550 BC and his skeleton shows 18 injuries caused by axes.

Injuries to his skull, lower back and ankles, suggest he was attacked while on his horse and hacked at with the deadly weapon - dying from blows to the head.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Deir el-Bahari VI, The Temple of Hatshepsut, The Solar Complex

Deir el-Bahari VI, The Temple of Hatshepsut, The Solar Complex

Janusz Karkowski, Deir el-Bahari VI, The Temple of Hatshepsut, The Solar
Complex, Centre d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne de l'Academie Polonaise
des Sciences, Varsovie 2003

Deir el-Bahari Hatshepsut - third terrace (solar complex) now open - 2

AE, Deir el Bahri

The upper terrace
A second ramp leads from the centre of the intermediate
portico to the upper terrace whose portico consists of columns originally decorated with Osirian statues of the Queen,
now mostly destroyed. Through a great doorway of pink granite, one enters a courtyard circled by columns. To the north
and south of the courtyard, there are two areas dedicated respectively to the cult of the sun and that of the royalty.
The northern part dedicated to the solar cult of Re-Harakhty includes a vestibule with columns leading into a courtyard
with a solar altar in the centre. In the northern part of the courtyard, there is another chapel dedicated to the cult
of Anubis (the upper chapel of Anubis). There is no clear idea as to why there are two chapels dedicated to this
divinity in the Temple, but numerous hypotheses have been advanced to explain this exceptional and unique fact; anyway,
it appears clear that great importance was attached to this god in Deir el Bahri, especially in comparison with other
funeral gods, such as Osiris and Sokar, who acquired greater importance later, but always appear in a secondary role
here. The southern part of the upper terrace dedicated to the royal cult consists of a vestibule from which one gains
admittance to two chapels dedicated to the cult of Hatshepsut and that of Tuthmosis I.

Deir el-Bahari Hatshepsut - third terrace (solar complex) now open

Deir el-Bahari Hatshepsut - third terrace: The third terrace of the temple of Hatshepsut in Deir el-Bahari is now open to visitors, after a long restoration by a Polish team.
The upper terrace of Hatshepsut's temple has a forefront portico with two rows of columns. The external row is made of square columns decorated with colossal osiride statues of the queen, of which only few remain. The inner row is made of octogonal columns.
When entering the court itself, the first noticeable thing is that it seems empty though it once contained two rows of colums, of which only a few one have been reerected.
On the left and on the right, the reerected walls have a (very) fragmentary decoration.
The back of the court houses the very heart of the temple: a sanctuary dedicated to the god Amun. It has been cut directly in the mountain.
On each side of the sanctuary one can see nine niches : small cult chapels alternate with niches housing osiride statues of the queen.
On each side of the lateral walls doors lead to chapels (not visitable) respectively dedicated to the royal cult and to the solar cult.

Monday, 23 February 2015

More finds for Dr Hourig

German archaeologists find 2 statues of goddess Sekhmet in southern Egypt | Fox News Latino: A group of German archaeologists found two statues of Sekhmet, the Ancient Egyptian goddess of war and destruction, during work at a dig in the ruined city of Luxor, in southern Egypt, the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry reported Sunday..............

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Why are there undecorated tombs in the Valley of Kings.

I currently have Don Ryan staying at my holiday apartments Flats in Luxor. He is ‘digging’ in the Valley of Kings on the undecorated tombs, here are some links to past lectures he has given

It is thought that some of these tombs were for the ‘girls’ of the 18th dynasty. Stylistically you can date even a shaft to a period, I remember Otto Schaden explaining this at a lecture he gave on KV63. I asked him why the tombs were undecorated. It puzzled me as nobles tombs of this period are decorated so why not the queens. He thought there were three possible reasons, although there may be more 1) only kings tombs were decorated in the valley of the kings. There are a number of non pharaohs tombs and it may have been the “rules” that these could not be decorated. 2) (this explanation appealed more to me) that the chapels of these tombs have not been found and these were decorated. 3) the decoration might have been lost during the flooding of these tombs which removed the plaster work. It was a fascinating discussion and just shows you how much more there is to learn.

He is such an informative person, if you ever get a chance to go to a lecture of his do not miss it. We have chatted about Ancient Egyptian rope, funerary cones, his work in the valley, his work with Thor Heyerdale, Egyptology people he has met in the past and all sorts of other things.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

For all lovers of Luxor to get you in the mood for Valentines Day

Mahmoud Hussein Abdul Rassoul - The family say thank you

Mahmoud Hussein Abdul Rassoul

I must have had 100 comments on Facebook, the blog and twitter about the death of Mahmoud. So today I phoned Nubi, his brother and told him what everyone had said. Nubi said he had many many calls and SMS from all over the world and he and the family were VERY touched and grateful

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

RIP Abdul Rassoul;

I am sure anyone who has come to Luxor has met this lovely gentleman at the Ramasseum cafe. Sadly he died last night.His full name was Mahmoud Hussein Abdul Rassoul (no idea if I have spelt that right) and he was 74

Friday, 6 February 2015

Seventeen new governors to be sworn in Saturday: Presidency - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Mahmoud heard on the TV that Luxor is going to get a new governor. No details yet.

Seventeen new governors to be sworn in Saturday: Presidency - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online: President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Thursday approved the appointment of 17 new governors, a move which has been anticipated for weeks.

The heads of the 17 governorates, out of a total of 27 in Egypt, will be sworn in on Saturday, presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said in a statement on Thursday.

Sources told Ahram Online earlier that the move was almost concluded recently but withheld due to last-minute changes that were to be made for a wider consensus on the appointments.

The names of the appointees however are not yet released.

Egypt has traditionally appointed military and police generals as heads for the majority of its governorates.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Cats at AWOL

I just took my little kitten to AWOL Animal Welfare of Luxor, Egypt to be wormed and flea/tick protection. I would like to have got a photo while I was there but I needed all my hands to hold onto a very upset kitten. Poor Dr Mohammed is still counting his fingers I think.

This is a very sorry for itself kitten post treatment. To be honest I didn't realise AWOL did small animals until I saw this gorgeous cat on their Facebook page looking a bit more relaxed than my kitten I can tell you.

If you want to learn more about them or make a donation their main website is