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via Ancient DNA reveals role of Near East and Egypt in cat domestication – HeritageDaily – Heritage & Archaeology News

A Pharaoh’s Massive Tomb Unveiled | Popular Archaeology – exploring the past

The tomb of King Senwosret III, one of the most renowned pharaohs of ancient Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, is expected to open to the public in about a year or two, allowing tourists to appreciate the architecture of Egyptian builders who constructed the burial complex almost four thousand years ago, according to Dr. Josef Wegner, Associate Curator of the Egyptian Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). He has been excavating in Abydos for decades.

via A Pharaoh’s Massive Tomb Unveiled | Popular Archaeology – exploring the past

via Hellenistic Burials Uncovered in Alexandria – Archaeology Magazine

4000-year-old red granite lintel discovered at Egypt’s Herakleopolis Magna – The Archaeology News Network

Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, who announced the discovery, said the lintel is engraved with two cartouches containing the name of the Middle Kingdom King Sesostris II, (ca. 1895 – 1889 BC), who built the Lahun pyramid located some 10km from Ihnasya.

via 4000-year-old red granite lintel discovered at Egypt’s Herakleopolis Magna – The Archaeology News Network

A vivid, turquoise-colored carving from ancient Egypt has been returned to a Berlin museum more than 70 years after it was thought to have been lost during World War II.

via Lost Since World War II, Egyptian Artifact Returns to Germany

England Returns Artifacts to Egypt – Archaeology Magazine

Officials in London have handed over four artifacts thought to have been smuggled out of Egypt, according to a report in Ahram Online. Shaaban Abdel-Gawad, head of the Antiquities Ministry’s Antiquities Repatriation Department, said the objects include a glass sculpture of a human head, a stone relief thought to have been taken in the 1970s from Hatshepsut’s temple, a wooden ushabti figurine, and a Roman-era object from Minya. All of the objects except for the carving taken from Hatshepsut’s temple are thought to have been stolen from Egyptian galleries in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution.

via England Returns Artifacts to Egypt – Archaeology Magazine

4,000-Year-Old Paintings Revealed on Egyptian Tomb Walls – Archaeology Magazine

4,000-year-old tombs excavated more than 100 years ago in the Beni Hassan cemetery have been cleaned and conserved by a team from Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. A team led by Linda Evans of Macquarie University’s Australian Centre for Egyptology then surveyed the tombs using modern techniques. The effort has revealed scenes on the walls that were not recorded during the initial investigation, and clarified other images, including one of an Egyptian mongoose wearing a collar and walking on a leash on the wall of a tomb occupied by Baqet I, a governor during the 11th Dynasty. Evans noted that the person walking the mongoose also holds the leash of a spotted hunting dog. Although mongooses were not fully domesticated, Evans suggests they may have been kept as pets to control pests such as snakes, rats, and mice. Or, they may have been employed by hunters to flush birds from cover.

via 4,000-Year-Old Paintings Revealed on Egyptian Tomb Walls – Archaeology Magazine

The first genome data from ancient Egyptian mummies – The Archaeology News Network

The study, published in Nature Communications, found that modern Egyptians share more ancestry with Sub-Saharan Africans than ancient Egyptians did, whereas ancient Egyptians were found to be most closely related to ancient people from the Near East.

via The first genome data from ancient Egyptian mummies – The Archaeology News Network

via Ten Late Period Tombs Discovered in Aswan – Archaeology Magazine

Amun-Ra Egyptology Blog: Unique funerary garden unearthed in Thebes

During excavation work in the area around the early 18th Dynasty rock-cut tombs of Djehuty and Hery (ca 1500­‐1450 BCE) in Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis, a Spanish archaeological mission unearthed a unique funerary garden.

via Amun-Ra Egyptology Blog: Unique funerary garden unearthed in Thebes

4000-year-old red granite lintel discovered at Egypt’s Herakleopolis Magna – The Archaeology News Network

Just beyond the Great Pyramids of Giza in the basement of Cairo’s Grand Egyptian Museum, which is set to be the world’s largest archaeological museum when it opens in 2018, Egyptian and Japanese restoration experts unpacked the pharaoh’s treasured artifacts from sealed wooden boxes.

Some of the world’s oldest relics, including dozens belonging to King Tut, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, are being carefully shuttled from the old Egyptian Museum in central Cairo to the vast halls of the new one 23 kilometers away.

via New Cairo museum hopes Tutankhamun’s chariot will be a draw for tourists – The Archaeology News Network

Image reference: The chariot of the ancient Egyptian boy-king Tutankhamun is seen during its transfer from the Egyptian Museum 
to the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza May 23, 2017 [Credit: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany] from https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/05/new-cairo-museum-hopes-tutankhamuns.html#DuICKdtAcGagHGi8.99

17 mummies discovered in Minya, Egypt – The Archaeology News Network

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in desert catacombs in Minya province, an “unprecedented” find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced Saturday.

via 17 mummies discovered in Minya, Egypt – The Archaeology News Network

Ancient stone block discovered at illegal excavation site in Upper Egypt’s Sohag – The Archaeology News Network

An Egyptian archaeological committee from Al-Belinna inspectorate in the Sohag town of Abydos found a stone block engraved with the cartouche of the 30th Dynasty King Nectanebo II during the inspection of an old house in the Beni Mansour area, under which the owner was carrying out an illegal excavation.

via Ancient stone block discovered at illegal excavation site in Upper Egypt’s Sohag – The Archaeology News Network

Image credit to The Ministry of Antiquities and found at Ancient stone block discovered at illegal excavation site in Upper Egypt’s Sohag – The Archaeology News Network

Embalming materials for Middle Kingdom High Vizier rediscovered on Luxor’s west bank – The Archaeology News Network

Within the framework of the Middle Kingdom Theban Project, an international mission under the auspices of the University of Alcalá (UAH, Spain) has uncovered over 50 clay jars filled with embalming materials for the mummification of the ancient Egyptian vizier Ipi during the cleaning of the courtyard under his tomb number (TT 315).

via Embalming materials for Middle Kingdom High Vizier rediscovered on Luxor’s west bank – The Archaeology News Network

German Archaeologists discover ancient Egyptian children’s feet impressions – Luxor Times

The Piramesse excavation team of the Roemer- and Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim in Germany, has uncovered parts of a building complex as well as a mortar pit with children footprints and a painted wall in Piramesse ancient City (recently known as Qantir) in East Delta.

via German Archaeologists discover ancient Egyptian children’s feet impressions

Trove of statues of lion headed goddess Sekhmet found in Luxor – The Archaeology News Network

A team of German archaeologists have discovered 66 statues of the lion-headed goddess of war, Sekhmet, in an excavation of a temple near the Egyptian city of Luxor.

via Trove of statues of lion headed goddess Sekhmet found in Luxor – The Archaeology News Network

New discoveries in Egypt’s ancient Heliopolis – The Archaeology News Network

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany witnessed on Thursday the lifting of two newly discovered 19th dynasty royal statues from a pit at the Souq Al-Khamis district in the Al-Matariya area of greater Cairo.

via New discoveries in Egypt’s ancient Heliopolis – The Archaeology News Network

Compelling evidence for future tomb discoveries at Qubbet el-Hawa in Aswan – Past Horizons

Archaeologists from the University of Birmingham have found “compelling evidence” of new pharaonic tombs at Qubbet el-Hawa in Aswan, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has revealed.

via Compelling evidence for future tomb discoveries at Qubbet el-Hawa in Aswan – Past Horizons

New Kingdom Statues Unearthed in Cairo – Archaeology Magazine

Ahram Online reports that two statues were discovered by an Egyptian-German excavation team at the site of the Ramses II temple in the Al-Matariya area of Cairo. Mahmoud Afifi, of Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, said the first statue is a limestone bust of King Seti II that measures about two and one-half feet tall. The second statue, which was found in pieces, was carved from quartzite and may have stood more than 25 feet tall. “Although there are no engravings that could identify such a statue, its existence at the entrance of King Ramses II’s temple suggests that it could belong to him,” Afifi said. Most of the temple’s colossal statues and obelisks are thought to have been taken to Alexandria and Europe in antiquity, while the blocks from the temple’s walls were reused during the Islamic period to construct buildings of Historic Cairo.

via New Kingdom Statues Unearthed in Cairo – Archaeology Magazine

Engraved Blocks May Be From Ramses II Temple – Archaeology Magazine

The Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission has found a group of large blocks at the site of Matariya in northern Cairo, where the ancient city of Heliopolis was located. The blocks are thought to have been part of a temple built by Ramses II.

via Engraved Blocks May Be From Ramses II Temple – Archaeology Magazine

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