Monday, 16 January 2017

Friday, 13 January 2017

Mansour Boraik in the UAE

I just got a message from Mansour and I know many readers of this blog will be interested to know what he is up to.



I'm doing well and excavating in an Iron Age site where I made some great discoveries and for the first time in UAE we have found some Ancient Egyptian seals for Thutmosis 3 and Amun Re. Also last month I found a very rare golden crown. I missed Egyptology but I published three papers this year about my work on Luxor and Middle Egypt. Also a book about the project of the Sphinxes Avenue will come out soon in ltaly.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

New Excavations at Edfu

There is a new lecture been uploaded  if you have been wondering what is going on there.








Presented by Nadine Moeller, Associate Professor of Egyptian
Archaeology, Oriental Institute (and Gregory Marouard, Research Associate,
Oriental Institute)



The Origins of Two Provincial Capitals in Upper Egypt: The Two Sister-Sites
of Tell Edfu and Dendara



The ongoing fieldwork at Tell Edfu has recently focused on the excavation of
a settlement quarter dating to the 3rd millennium BCE which pushes back the
origins of the town of Edfu to the 4th Dynasty (ca. 2550 BCE). The newest
addition to the Oriental Institute’s fieldwork program in Egypt, at the
ancient provincial capital of Dendara, has also led to new insights into the
oldest settlement remains and the original foundation of this city. This
lecture will provide an overview of the most recent results from both sites
offering a comparative perspective on the long-term development of early
urban centers in southern Egypt.




Nadine Moeller and Gregory Marouard | The Origins of Two Provincial Capitals in Upper Egypt - YouTube

Monday, 9 January 2017

Another Luxor Pass review



Luxor pass.
After some initial teething problems getting the ticket sorted it was plain sailing for the next 5 days.
I was greeted with smiles each time I used it at the 40 or so tombs and temples I visited. 
I hadn't been to Luxor before and this ticket really helped make it an enjoyable stay.
Guy Thompson

Review of the Luxor Pass

One of my recent guests wrote up her recent experience of the Luxor Pass

My review of the Luxor Pass by Karen English

Reasons for buying my pass


I am a student (half price pass!) and had five days in a row to pack in as much sightseeing as I could manage – and I didn’t want to faff about with cash for each ticket individually purchased and the time involved in going to various different ticket offices! I have a bad back and knees and thus mobility sometimes causes issues for me. With one ticket, I could do as much as I liked every day without feeling obliged to overstretch myself due to having bought a ticket for various tombs – or feeling it was too much trouble to go back to the ticket office to buy extra tickets for more tombs on good days! I also had ideas of perhaps returning to Nefertari’s tomb daily for the max of 10 minutes that they permit inside it!

How did I get my 5-day pass? 

I took along my hosts husband Mahmoud to assist with finding the Antiquities Office in Luxor! He knew where it was (just up the side street from Luxor Museum) but still he got sent to various different places and kiosks until finally being shown the correct place! Go prepared – take a passport sized photograph of yourself, a photocopy of your passport and cash in US $. I also took proof of being a student (my NUS Extra card). Also, be prepared to sit in their office for 30-45 minutes as it takes them ages to sort out the paperwork (well, it is Egypt!) At least they are happy cheery people and you get to walk out of the office with your pass  Before you leave, do take Mr Ahmed Khalifa’s telephone number on his business card with you – just in case of problems accessing sites.

What was my experience of using the pass? 

After initial scrutiny of the pass – most guardians allowed access to the tomb whilst they took the pass to their managers with queries. The pass was always ready to be handed back to my guide or myself upon re-appearing out of the tomb! Some of the guardians were extremely excited by the sight of the pass - they were intrigued, calling over other guardians to see it and passing it around. Hopefully educating the other custodians! I felt really accepted and welcomed at places with my pass. I feel it showed them that I was a “serious” tourist, keen to see as much as I could in the 5 days, rather than a “happy snapper” tourist that got out of a taxi, took photos, and got back inside the taxi without paying or strolling inside the temples (yes, I saw that on my travels!)

Did I feel it was good value for money? 

 If you visit Seti 1 or Nefertari as a one-off, it is currently 1,000 LE per tomb per visit ($55-$60). So, if you went to both of those, you’ve already spent $110+. If you had to pay full price for the pass, the remaining $90 soon disappears at the other sites. For example - Karnak temple alone (with the open air museum and Mut temple etc) is $10 – and another $15 to go to the Valley of the Kings with Tutankhamuns tomb, Ramesses VI and Ay. Financially, I know I saw far more than the cost of the pass – but then I worked out I saw roughly 38-40 tombs (let alone temples etc)! For me, the feeling of being able to do as much or as little as you want to see daily was for me the main plus point of the pass. I could point at something and the guide and driver would stop and we’d visit it!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Flats in Luxor: Luxor Cemetery 30 Dec 2016 by Geoff Olson

Luxor Cemetery 30 Dec 2016 by Geoff Olson


Many thanks to Geoff for these links. You may not
known that there is a dedicated cemetery in Luxor for foreigners. It is
located at Tiba and Geoff has added it to Google Maps
should you want to visit. You will need to give any taxi driver
directions so make sure you have details on your phone. 25°42'60.0"N

32°46'46. Street 3 Egypt



It was moved to this location in 2009 and the move was actually the
subject of a Channel 4 documentary showing the work of Peter Mitchell -
The Exhumer. Here is link to his photos



Geoff's photos are here Luxor Cemetery 30 Dec 2016 - Google Drive
If anyone here is interested in visiting contact the guard in advance, his name is Magdi and his number is 0127 7092261.  

Monday, 12 December 2016

Egyptian antiquities minister cancels Luxor Museum celebration after Coptic Cathedral bombing - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Egyptian antiquities minister cancels Luxor Museum celebration after Coptic Cathedral bombing - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany will inaugurate a temporary exhibition to mark the 41st anniversary of Luxor Museum on Monday but the planned celebration afterwards has been cancelled after Sunday's bombing at the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Hidden Luxor 2nd Edition

I have completed the 2nd edition of Hidden Luxor with updated sites and disability tips.  There are an extra 6,200 words, so lots of good stuff.
 
Now here is a special FREE offer to all current owners. If you provide proof of purchase and a review on Amazon of the first edition I will GIVE you a copy of the 2nd edition eBook. Email me and you will get the eBook by return. Giving me reviews will ensure I get lots of new sales so we both win.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Sa Re Gourmet Shop Al Gezera village West Bank


It was only last night that I noticed this new shop in the village so I dont actually know when it opened. Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/SaReEgypt. with more details. I bought the duck meat spread and it was lovely, very rich. They are open 10-1 and 5-8. It is super clean!

Nice to have another excellent shop on the West bank. Atta the baker being the other one.

British delegation praises security at Luxor Airport | Egypt Independent

British delegation praises security at Luxor Airport | Egypt Independent: A British delegation from the Civil Aviation Authority praised the security measures followed at Luxor International Airport.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Even more Info on the Luxor Pass

This update is important as they mention Euros

Last Tuesday (22 November 2016), Karin Khalif and Marcel went to see Ahmed Khalifa, Director of Public Relations at the Ministry of Antiquities Office in Luxor, to get some answers
The Luxor Pass:
There are 4 versions of the Pass:
• The Red Pass:
Gives you access to all the museums and (open) tombs in the Luxor area, including (about 10-15 minutes) access to the tombs of Nefertari (QV66) and the tomb of Seti I (KV17)
• The Blue Pass:
Same as above, but without access to Nefertari and Seti I tombs
• The Yellow Pass (For students only):
Gives you access to all the museums and (open) tombs in the Luxor area, including (about 10-15 minutes) access to the tombs of Nefertari (QV66) and the tomb of Seti I (KV17)
• The Green Pass (For Students Only):
Same as above, but without access to Nefertari and Seti I tombs.
All Luxor Passes have a validity of 5 CONSECUTIVE days.
What does the Luxor Pass cost:
The Red Pass: U$ 200,-
The Blue Pass: U$ 100,-
The Yellow Pass: U$ 100,-
The Green Pass: U$ 50,-
Where can I buy the Luxor Pass:
To purchase a Luxor Pass, you will need a passport photograph and a photocopy of your passport details page. Take these to the Department of Foreign Cultural Relations at the Ministry of Antiquities in Zamalek or from the Public Relations Office in the Luxor Inspectorate, which is behind the Luxor Museum on the east bank of Luxor, behind the Museum. The office is open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day, Monday to Friday.
How can I pay for the Luxor Pass?

In Cash only. Although the tickets are priced in US Dollars, Mr. Ahmed Khalifa told us, that they accept Euros too. The Red Pass (U$ 200,-) will cost you € 180,-. If you do the math, the following prices would apply (although these can be different, depending on the exchange rate $ - €):

The Red Pass: € 180,-
The Blue Pass: € 90,-
The Yellow Pass: € 90,-
The Green Pass: € 45,-
How long does it take to make the pass?
The pass will be made on the spot, so it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.
NOTES:

• The pass can ONLY be paid for in US Dollars or Euros. You CANNOT pay in Egyptian Pounds or any other foreign currency.

• There is NO possibility to pay with Credit or Debit Card
• You have to bring your passport and a pass photo. If you do not have a pass photo (which can be easily obtained in Luxor), bring a copy of your passport. This will be attached to the back of your Luxor Pass.
• Students have to bring their University pass or other proof of being a student.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Metropolis discovered in Abydos in the Upper Egypt's governorate of Sohag - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Not Luxor but very very very close

Metropolis discovered in Abydos in the Upper Egypt's governorate of Sohag - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: Metropolis discovered in Abydos in the Upper Egypt's governorate of Sohag
A necropolis and residential settlement were uncovered in Abydos in Sohag, almost 400 km south of the temple of King Seti I

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Diplomatic convoy’s safe passage across Upper Egypt is clear sign of stability: German ambassador - Daily News Egypt

Diplomatic convoy’s safe passage across Upper Egypt is clear sign of stability: German ambassador - Daily News Egypt: Diplomatic convoy’s safe passage across Upper Egypt is clear sign of stability: German ambassador

Germany is providing “political support” to Egypt as it carries out its economic reform programme, says ambassador Julius Georg Luy

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Feedback on use of the Luxor Pass

I do suggest when you get the pass you ask for Ahmed's phone number to sort these teething problems

Karren Tuffs This is the reverse Jane Akshar. We have had issues We went into Luxor Museum first. They took our passes inside the museum and said they needed to take them to the manager. 15 minutes later, after one of our party became insistent that they were returned, they turned up.

Today we visited SETI I and were left waiting outside while the guardian had to leg it with our passes to find his manager. The security guy did tell us to go inside though and our passes were returned before we left.

Next was King Tutankhamen, we had a problem here and had to ring Ahmed Khalifa, Supreme Council of Antiquties who had processed our passes. After he had spoken with them there were very very apologetic.

We had no problem in KV9.

Tomorrow is Nefertari so we will keep you posted.

P.s. There is restoration in King Tutankhamen's being carried out at the mind. Please feel free to ask more ask more questions 👍🏼

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Karen also says " I think when the Luxor pass takes off it will really be a success. We will buying another in Feb."

Sunday, 13 November 2016

New discovery at Thutmose III's temple in Luxor - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online



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New discovery at Thutmose III's temple in Luxor - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online





The tomb of the servant of King Thutmose III’s house is discovered in Luxor; mummy cartonnage in excellent state of preservation

Mission field director Egyptologist Myriam Seco Álvarez said that
preliminary study has determined the name and title of the occupant of
the tomb, who was the servant of the king’s house, Amenrenef. The tomb
can thus be dated to the “Third Intermediate Period” (1070-712 BC).





Thursday, 10 November 2016

TT41 - the tomb of Amenemopet - Ipy

A new tomb of Osirisnet.
  
Theban Tomb No. 41 is located between el-Khokha and Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, near the home of Davies (see kampp-01). It is of great theological importance, for it includes, besides the usual prayers and addresses to the gods, many texts of hymns, almost all of which have been published by Assmann.
The pictorial representations are however difficult to see, even after modern restoration and cleaning. The uninviting appearance of the monument says that it was abandoned for a long time..............

Jane the Egyptologist – podcast for kids

Jane the Egyptologist – podcast for kids

I was asked to give a talk to a cyber school in America which was great
fun. I did a backup podcast in case the internet/electricity failed and I
thought I would share it. The talk is based on the questions the
kids(11-12 year olds) sent me in advance and I picked a few pictures to
go with it, you can follow the pictures in the talk as I talk about a
new slide. Click on the link for the audio and pictures




Saturday, 5 November 2016

TT110 Djheuty tomb visit

I spotted someone on Facebook who has been to visit the tomb. It IS on the Khokha ticket, he said it was small with an exquisite ceiling and worth the visit

Friday, 4 November 2016

Seti I visit

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iZGC2KzWKzE/TpIyeIpKhsI/AAAAAAAAANE/cM2EeGALJqI/s640/KV17%252C+Seti+I.jpgThanks to Robert for feedback on his visit yesterday.

You have to buy a ticket for the valley(100) as well as Seti I(1000). They were able to spend an hour and half inside. Well worth the price and no hassle getting the ticket although it was at a separate window. Roberts ticket was number 33 which suggests that there are 10 people a day visiting

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Seti I, Nefertari and Luxor Pass UPDATE


  • 1)      The tombs and the Luxor pass are available tomorrow 1st November
  • 2)      The ticket for Nefertari will be available at the Valley of Queens ticket office
  • 3)      The ticket for Seti I tomb will be available at the Valley of Kings ticket office
  • 4)      They are both 1000LE
  • 5)      The Luxor pass valid for 5 days is available at the east bank tuftish(antiquities office) which is behind Luxor Museum. You should ask for Ahmed Khalifa
  • 6)      $100 USD pass ($50 USD for students) is WITHOUT Nefertari and Seti I
  • 7)      $200 USD pass ($100 USD for students) is WITH Nefertari and Seti I

Update with answers to the questions you asked


The office on the east bank is open 9-4:30 every day including Friday (I did ask specifically)
You need a photo and a copy of the details page of your passport to get the Luxor Pass
There is a limit of 150 people a day to Nefertari and Seti I tombs

There is also another annual Luxor Pass (thanks Annette) details here http://www.egyptologyforum.org/MOA/MoA_Newsletter_3_English.pdf



The MoA is launching a new annual pass for all open archaeological sites and museums. For the first time,
Egyptians, Arab and foreign residents in Egypt are able to purchase an annual pass, which can be obtained
from the Department of Foreign Cultural Relations at the MoA in Zamalek.
Categories and prices are: EGP 100 for pupils of Egyptian governmental, private and international schools in
Egypt; EGP 150 for Egyptian, Arab and foreign university students residing in Egypt; EGP 400 for Egyptians
and Arabs residing in Egypt; $440 for foreigners employed by
embassies and international organizations in Egypt (including
the tombs of Sety I and Nefertari in Luxor), $340 without these
two tombs; and $490 for foreign residents in Egypt (including the
tombs of Sety I and Nefertari in Luxor); and $390 without these
two tombs.
In addition, the Board of the Supreme Council of Antiquties has
approved free entry for Egyptian and resident Arab seniors (60+) to
all archaeological sites and museums open to the public.


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Mostafa Waziri: 34,000 tourists visited Luxor in October-SIS

Mostafa Waziri: 34,000 tourists visited Luxor in October-SIS: Around 34,000 tourists visited Luxor in October, an antiquities official said.



Nearly 30,000 foreign tourists and more than 4,000 Egyptians visited the Upper Egyptian city in October, said Mostafa Waziri, the Luxor antiquities director general.



After a five-year hiatus, the promotion of tourism in Luxor city has returned as it attracts high-spending tourist segments.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Seti I, Nefertari and Luxor Pass TOMORROW 1st November


I went to the Opening Dinner of the 5th Global Summit on City Tourism tonight. It is always a bit of a nightmare when you go on your own who you will get to sit next too but practically the first people I saw were all my Antiquities Department buddies Mohammed Abel Aziz Head of Upper Egypt Moustafa Wazery Head of Luxor and others from the taftish. The guy I got to sit next to was Ahmed Khatifa who is Head of PR so I quizzed him about tickets.
  • 1)      The tombs and the Luxor pass are available tomorrow 1st November
  • 2)      The ticket for Nefertari will be available at the Valley of Queens ticket office
  • 3)      The ticket for Seti I tomb will be available at the Valley of Kings ticket office
  • 4)      They are both 1000LE
  • 5)      The Luxor pass valid for 5 days is available at the east bank tuftish(antiquities office) which is behind Luxor Museum. You should ask for Ahmed Khalifa
  • 6)      $100 USD pass ($50 USD for students) is WITHOUT Nefertari and Seti I
  • 7)      $200 USD pass ($100 USD for students) is WITH Nefertari and Seti I

Update with answers to the questions you asked


The office on the east bank is open 9-4:30 every day including Friday (I did ask specifically)
You need a photo and a copy of the details page of your passport to get the Luxor Pass
There is a limit of 150 people a day to Nefertari and Seti I tombs

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Booking train tickets online

Just got some feedback from June about booking train tickets


It is easy to book rail travel online now. Their website easy to use and take Visa. Can only book up to two weeks in advance though. Won't let you do it before.  So couldn't book return! Will have to do that separately. Need passport and passport number to log in and create an account first. Print out ticket.