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Last week as news was breaking about the new tomb—KV64—Em Hotep received word from Stephen Cross, an Egyptologist and Geologist specializing in the Valley of the Kings, that he had photographed the tomb while conducting his own, unrelated research in the Valley.  Naturally, Steve held onto this wonderful shot until after the University of Basel had made their announcement.  Now that the whole world knows about KV64 and its lovely occupant, Steve has very kindly agreed to allow us to publish the photo, along with answer some questions about what is going on in the Valley of the Kings.

Inside:  Current projects in the Valley of the Kings, Steve’s meeting with the new head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and a picture of KV64 you will not see anywhere else!

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And now for something completely different!  Terry Jones of Monty Python fame teams up with Egyptologist Dr. Joann Fletcher to give us a look at everyday life in ancient Egypt by comparing it to everyday life in modern Egypt.

Food and fun, work and play, you will be surprised by how much remains the same.  Summary, analysis, and some really cool video clips wait inside!

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schaden-tabDr. Otto Schaden has posted an update to his webpage stating that the excavation of KV63, the tomb/mummy cache he discovered back in 2005, has been completed.  This milestone was passed this fall when the remaining sealed jars discovered in KV63 were opened and their contents examined.  In addition to seven empty (except for smashed jars and mummification tools) coffins, Dr. Schaden’s team discovered 28 large storage jars in one of the chambers of KV63, most of them sealed.

But with all the jars now opened, work on KV63 is far from over and the most exciting discoveries are certainly yet to come.

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seti i-tabIn an exclusive interview with Em Hotep!, Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, CEO of the Children’s Museum of Indian-apolis, has revealed that the museum, in cooperation with National Geographic, is developing a permanent exhibit that will feature an immersive experience of three important archaeological sites, one of which will be a partial reproduction of the tomb of Seti I.

The Children’s Museum, which just bid farewell to the Tutankhamun:  The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs travelling exhibit last week, has a special relationship with Egypt so it should come as no surprise that they would continue to deliver Egypt to the region, an easy drive from the Louisville and Kentuckiana area.

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28
Sep

Blogroll Roundup for September 28, 2009

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Egypt in the News

Prophets in Egypt, the Luxor Museum, someone else mapping the geneology of the Eighteenth Dynasty, more Egyptian medicinal practices, KV63, and a toast for Tut…

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25
Sep

Dra Abu el-Naga: Ray Stole My Tomb

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Egypt in the News, Tombs, Valley of the Kings

dra1-tabDra Abu el-Naga is a sort of suburb, if you will, of the Valley of the Kings where some tombs belonging to Seventeenth Dynasty royalty (such as Queen Ahhotep I, to the left) have been discovered, along with the tombs of Theban priests and officials.

Zahi Hawass has released a new video, which premiered at Heritage Key, with some of the recent discoveries at Dra Abu el-Naga, including some details about the tomb of Amun-Em-Opet, the Supervisor of Hunters.

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vok2-tabWell, Zahi Hawass in the Valley of the Kings: Part 2 has been posted.  This time we are looking at some of the artifacts his team has recovered from the current excavations in the Central Valley area.

There are a couple of pieces that give us an idea of how the workmen spent their leisure time, and all I can say is boys will be boys..

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13
Sep

Blogroll Roundup for September 13, 2009

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Egypt in the News

Ancient Egyptian medicinal practices, excavations in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, book reviews, and your weekly dose of forensic mummy studies…

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11
Sep

Continuing to Build Anticipation Over KV64

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Egypt in the News, Tombs

vok-tabDr. Zahi Hawass has a new video clip regarding the work underway in the Valley of the Kings and the Quest for KV64.  What’s new?  Well, there is some amazing photography from Sandro Vannini, as if there is any other kind of photography from Mr. Vannini.  Dr. Hawass provides a quick review, and talks about the ancient waterworks designed to catch the “tears of the gods.”

But are there any hints about where the Next Big Thing from the Valley of the Kings may be located?  Hmm.

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kv64-tabWe were all just a little disappointed when KV63, heralded a bit prematurely as a new tomb, turned out to be a storage room (actually, there is a lot to be excited about with KV63–see the article comments within).  Sometimes these things happen.

But if that little snafu prompts extra caution and discretion in the hunt for KV64, then that’s a Good Thing.  Over at Heritage Key, I provide a little primer on this developing story..

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28
Aug

A Day at Work in Egypt

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Photo Essays

daw-tabThis photo essay presents everyday people doing everyday jobs at some of the most fascinating places on Earth.

 

 

 

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clowes-tabMore than two thousand Egyptophiliacs lined up outside Clowes Memorial Hall for what Director of Operations Karen Steele informed me was a sold-out house.

It would not be too much of an exaggeration to say the event had the feel of a rock concert.  We were there to see a star.  What secrets would he reveal tonight?  What announcements would he make?

Shemsu scoops the news for Heritage Key. 

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10
Aug

Shemsu’s Interview with Zahi Hawass

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Announcements, Egypt in the News, Vita Shemsi

zah-tabMy interview with Zahi Hawass has been posted to Heritage Key!

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10
Aug

Blogroll Roundup for August 10, 2009

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Egypt in the News

The history of the ankh, the tomb of Horemheb, screaming mummies, and the Egypto-Jacko connection… 

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26
Jul

Blogroll Roundup for July 26, 2009

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Egypt in the News

The Seti I replica tomb project, Egyptian rock art, the Guardian Geese of Abusir, and more.

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