Friday, March 31, 2006

Breaking news. . . From Aayko at EEF:

Press report: "New discovery in Luxor"

"An Egyptian-Spanish archaeological team, operating on the West
Bank in Luxor, have discovered a room housing the tomb of the
foreman responsible for decorating all the temples and palaces
in Thebes in the reign of Queen Hatshepsut. The discovery also
includes a collection of wooden and clay artifacts. "

Just guessing: with "tomb" they probably mean the entry to the
tomb chamber which could be in a corner of the transverse hall
of the tomb (like in the tombs of Paser and Amenemopet)?

Another press report pinpoints it at Zira Abu al-Naga [Dra Abu
el-Naga], and speaks of a "34 metre "hall" located in a rock
cut tomb (..) which opens into the tomb area":
"Pharaonic tomb may hold ancient secrets"

Found inside are "inscriptions on its walls and scenes that explain
religious rituals practised by ancient Egyptians [rather than "sermons"]
and show how they dug tombs."

And a third press report: "Parlour of Hatshepsut time unearthed"

This one reveals the name of the tomb owner as "Gihoti" [surely:
Djehuty - also the name of Hatshepsut's overseer of the treasury]
and adds that also a game board and house utensils were found.

Aayko Eyma

Stay tuned. . . .