The Ramblings of a Trainee Egyptologist

A masters student's journey through the world of Ancient Egypt, Ancient History and Academia.



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

Pompeii museum opens again after 36 years – The Archaeology News Network

Small Egyptian Sarcophagus Receives CT Scan – Archaeology Magazine

Egyptologists at the Fitzwilliam Museum reportedly expected to find the embalmed remains of an adult’s organs in a miniature cedar sarcophagus that was discovered in Giza in 1907 by the British School of Archaeology. However, a CT scan has revealed the remains of a human fetus, estimated to have been no more than 18 weeks old at the time of death, which occurred sometime between 664 and 525 B.C. “The care taken in the preparation of this burial clearly demonstrates the value placed on life even in the first weeks of its inception,” Julie Dawson, head of conservation at the museum, told The Telegraph. The small-scale coffin had been carefully decorated, and the remains inside it had been wrapped in bandages. Molten black resin was poured over the tiny mummy before the coffin was closed. To read about another recent discovery, go to “Egypt’s Immigrant Elite.”

via Small Egyptian Sarcophagus Receives CT Scan – Archaeology Magazine

Egyptian statues from lost city are a tall order for British Museum | Culture | The Guardian

Part of the ceiling of the British Museum’s new exhibition space has had to be dismantled to allow the safe installation of three colossal Egyptian granite statues, which were recovered in 2001 from the water where they lay for more than 2,000 years since a wealthy harbour city was destroyed by earthquake and rising sea levels.

via Egyptian statues from lost city are a tall order for British Museum | Culture | The Guardian

Finally: photography in Luxor museum – Luxor TImes

After the successful trial period to allow non-flash photography in the Egyptian museum in Cairo which was announced by the former minister of antiquities, Dr. Mamdouh El-Damaty, in August for the period from 1st of December 2015 till 7th of January 2016.

The minister took the bold decision to encourage tourists to visit the museum which proved success.

On his visit to Luxor museum in early February, Luxor Times asked Dr. Mamdouh El-Damaty, when photography will be allowed in Luxor museum and immediately the minister called Dr. Elham Salah (head of museums sector) and told her “That’s a valid suggestion and we should work on it.”
Dr. Elham responded that it is planned to allow photography in Luxor Museum and soon in all museums in Egypt.

The idea became a reality a few days ago when Luxor museum allowed photography with no flash for a ticket for 50 Egyptian pounds.

via Finally: photography in Luxor museum – Luxor Times

via The Archaeology News Network: Grand Egyptian Museum receives 778 artefacts from Luxor.

The Archaeology News Network: ‘Tablet of the Seven Sacred Oils’ to be returned to Egypt

Egypt’s Embassy in Switzerland received today the ‘Tablet of the Seven Sacred Oils’ within the Ministry of Antiquities’ plan to repatriate smuggled Egyptian antiquities,

via The Archaeology News Network: ‘Tablet of the Seven Sacred Oils’ to be returned to Egypt.

Egyptians were buried in recycled coffins, research reveals | World news | The Guardian.

Ancient Egyptian fingerprints found by Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum – BBC News

Three-thousand-year-old fingerprints have been found on the lid of an Egyptian coffin by researchers.
The prints are most likely to have belonged to craftsmen handling it before the varnish dried, according to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

via Ancient Egyptian fingerprints found by Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum – BBC News.

Digital 3D models of Petrie Museum Artefacts.

Conservation of a Crocodile Mummy – The British Museum

Absolutely fascinating video from the British Museum on the conservation of a crocodile mummy – the largest mummy in the collection (about 4 m long). They talk about the processes in conserving such an amazing mummy and also scientific studies being undertaken on how it was created.

82 & Fifth – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

82 & Fifth from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York is a website and app created in 2013 that has 100 items from the Met’s collection discussed by 100 curators. This encompasses a variety of artworks across the Museum’s collection, some of which are Egyptian, including:

  1. Statue of two men and a boy that served as a domestic icon, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
  2. Statue of an Offering Bearer, ca. 1981–1975 B.C., early reign of Amenemhat I, Dynasty 12, Middle Kingdom Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Meketre (TT 280, MMA 1101), serdab, MMA 1920
  3. Canopic Jar with a Lid in the Shape of a Royal Woman’s Head, ca. 1352–1336 B.C., reign of Akhenaten, Dynasty 18, New Kingdom, Amarna Period
  4. Head of Tutankhamun, New Kingdom, Amarna Period; Dynasty 18; Reign of Tutankhamun; ca. 1336–1327 B.C.
  5. Hippopotamus, Middle Kingdom, first half of Dynasty 12, ca. 1961–1878 B.C.
  6. Pectoral and Necklace of Sithathoryunet with the Name of Senwosret II, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Senwosret II, ca. 1887–1878 B.C. Egypt, Fayum Entrance Area, el-Lahun (Illahun, Kahun; Ptolemais Hormos), Tomb of Sithathoryunet (BSA Tomb 8), EES 1914

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