Monday, February 05, 2007

And now. . . . the news from the EEF

Press report: "Pharaonic limestone tablet found in Luxor"
"An Egyptian-American archaeological team has unearthed a
limestone tablet with coloured images near the wall of the
Temple of Mut in Luxor (...) The 100 x 45 centimeter tablet
shows the images of five gods in the form of children sitting
on a lotus flower. (..) In front of the gods is an altar with
offerings. The gods Hapi and Tawert stand beside the altar."
-- Another press report on this:
"A sandstone plate with golden bas-reliefs (...) the first of
its kind (...). The plate is being examined by archaeologists
from a Brooklyn University team led by Richard Fasini."

[Next two items submitted by Kate Newkirk]

* Press report: "Oldest maritime artefacts found"
"A cave cut in the rock has been discovered in the Pharaonic
Port of Marsa Gawasis in Safaga. (..) Late December last year,
(..) the entrance of a large man-made cave was uncovered by
the Italian and American archaeologists (...) [with] an antechamber
leading to two rectangular rooms (..) [and] a smaller antechamber
leading to yet another chamber (..). Outside the cave entrance are
small carved niches, four of which still contained limestone steles,
which suggest that this cave was a temple. "

Press report: "Sudan: The Land of Pyramids"
"There are probably more pyramids in Sudan than can be
found in all of Egypt. (..) A common feature of all the pyramid
fields was their location on high ground (...) They were built of
sandstone blocks and gave no appearance of having interior
burial chambers. These, as it turned out, were cut into the
bedrock beneath the pyramid and were reached by a long
stairway that began some distance in front of the pyramid and
outside the wall that surrounded it. " [An informative article
written by Krzysztof Grzymski of the Royal Ontario Museum.]

[Next two items submitted by Kate Newkirk and Clair Ossian]

Press report: "Human Remains in Ancient Jar a Mystery"
"For over 100 years, four blue-glazed jars bearing the
nametag of Rameses II (1302-1213 B.C.) were believed
to contain the Egyptian pharaoh's bodily organs. But analysis
of organic residues scraped from the jars has determined
one actually contained an aromatic salve, while a second
jar held the organs of an entirely different person who lived
around 760 years later."

Press report: "Ancient Techniques Employed to Rescue 5,000
Year Old Egyptian Monument by NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts"
About the recent restoration of the enclosure walls of king
Khasekhemwy at Shunet el-Zebib:

End of EEF news