Thursday, September 02, 2004

Following news etc. courtesy of The EEF.

A large amount of tombs from the Predynastic and dyn 1 have been found in Manshaat Ezzat:

Archaeologists have found a 2,500-year-old tomb near Egypt's ancient pyramids in Giza, the head of the excavation team told Reuters on Thursday.

Zahi Hawass, also the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the team located the tomb using radar and then dug to a depth of about 30 feet before unearthing some of its contents. The team found a box of 400 small statues [shabti - KGG] which the ancient Egyptians believed helped the deceased in the afterlife.

Full article:

[Ed. Funny, we hadn't heard of this one before.]

About the return of the stolen relief from the Temple of Behbeit el-Hagar, plus several other antiquities returning to Egypt:

The Instruction of Ptahhotep

-- Photograph of the Hieratic text (one plate of pPrisse only):


-- Photograph of the Hieratic text of BM 10371 and BM 10435:

-- Hieroglyphic text in: Zbynek Zaba, Les maximes de Ptahhotep, Praha, 1956, pp. 15-65

URL (p. 15):

URL (p. 16):

URL (p. 65):

-- English translation:

-- English translation by: Charles F. Horne, The Sacred Books and Early Literature of the East, vol. II: Egypt, New York, 1917, pp. 62-78


I've added three pages to my website, namely "The Geometry of the Bent Pyramid", "The Problem of the Bent Pyramid", and "The 14:11 Proportion at Meydum". The original articles have been cited recently by Corinna Rossi in her book on _Architecture and Mathematics in Ancient Egypt_. I have also worked over my article on the Giza site plan.