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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:56 am    Post subject: New Finds in Cairo and Luxor Reply with quote

" Ramesses II Colossus Discovered in Old Heliopolis " (Luxor Times, 09.03.2017)
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"The Egyptian-German mission working at Matariya, old Heliopolis, unearthed two Ramesside statues during the ongoing Spring season at Suq el-Khamis temple.

The mission of University of Leipzig in cooperation with Ministry of Antiquities is co-directed by Dr.Aiman Ashmawi and Dr.Dietrich Raue.

The statues are; one of the upper part of a limestone statue of Seti II measures about 80 cm high.

The second statue is quartzite probably for Ramesses II. The statue parts were discovered so far doesn't have any inscriptions to indicate who does it belong to but it was discovered in the front of Ramesses II temple gate. The unearthed statue blocs show that it measures approx. 8 meters height including the base.
The discovered statues were submerged a meter deep in underground water. ..."

" New Discovery Reveals Grandeur of Oun Temple in Ancient Heliopolis " (Ahram Online - Nevine El-Aref, 09.03.2017)
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"A quartzite colossus possibly of Ramses II and limestone bust of Seti II were discovered at the ancient Heliopolis archaeological site in Cairo

... The statues were found in parts in the vicinity of the King Ramses II temple in the temple precinct of ancient Heliopolis, also known as “Oun,” by a German-Egyptian archaeological mission. ...

...the first statue is an 80cm tall bust of King Seti II carved in limestone with fine facial features.

The second statue was found in large pieces. It appears to have been 8 metres long and carved in quartzite. ..."



" 66 Statues of Pharaonic Goddess Sekhmet Discovered in Luxor " (Egypt Independent, 08.03.2017)
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"Since the beginning of the year, the German archaeological mission operating at the King Amenhotep III Temple area in Luxor has discovered parts from 66 statues of the Pharaonic goddess Sekhmet, the Antiquities Ministry's official Facebook page reported on Wednesday. ...

... Some of the discovered statues represent goddess Sekhmet in a seated position, others depict her while standing and holding in her hand the symbol of life and a scepter of the papyrus flower, said mission head Professor Horig Suruzaan. ..."

" Statue of Amenhotep III, 66 of Goddess Sekhmet Unearthed in Luxor " (Ahram Online - Nevine El-Aref, 08.03.2017)
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"The Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project has discovered a magnificent statue in black granite representing king Amenhotep III seated on the throne.

Project director Hourig Sourouzian told Ahram Online that the statue is 248cm high, 61 cm wide and 110cm deep. ...

... "It is a masterpiece of ancient Egyptian sculpture: extremely well carved and perfectly polished," Sourouzian said, adding that the statue shows the king with very juvenile facial features, which indicates that it was probably commissioned early in his reign.

A similar statue was discovered by the same team in 2009 and is now temporarily on display in the Luxor Museum of Ancient Egyptian Art.

When the site's restoration is complete, Sourouzian said, the pair of statues would be displayed again in the temple, in their original positions.

Mahmoud Afifi, head of the Ministry of Antiquities Ancient Egyptian antiquities department said the team has discovered up to 66 parts of statues of the goddess Sekhmet this archaeological season. ..."


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suitable for the recent discoveries in the "House for Millions of Years" of Amenhotep III on the West Bank in Luxor...

"Sekhmet Omnipresent" 23rd March Luxor -26th

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Betsy Bryan and Hourig Sourouzian announce an international conference, “Sekhmet Omnipresent” to be held in Luxor, Egypt, Thursday, March 23 to Sunday, March 26, 2017 in the Mummification Museum Auditorium. It will be devoted to the imagery and cultic significance of the Sekhmet statues, lions, and lioness deities. ...

... The conference will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday March 23 and at 10 am to 5:30 pm on Friday, March 24, from 8 am to 5:30 on Saturday, and from 8 am to 1 pm. on Sunday. The conference will be open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An interesting article about an dispute of the way of extraction the parts of the Ramses statue in Cairo...

" Zahi Hawas defends the Ministry of Antiquities’ strategy in Ramses statue extraction " (Daily News Egypt - Nada Deyaa and Adham Youssef, 11.03.2017)

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... Regarding another issue, Hanna states that the bigger problem is that the archaeological land was sold when Zahi Hawas was the Minster of Antiquities, after he allegedly claimed that it has no historic interest: “he gave it to the local municipality to build a new market for street vendors, so the land is no longer owned by the ministry,” she explained.

Hawas told Daily News Egypt that “the land is one of the most historical sites as it previously saw the discoveries of remains of Ikhnaton and Ramses II temples.” The 56 feddans historical land is currently considered to be evacuated for further digging procedures.

“The bigger scandal for me which should be spotlighted is that we’re talking about discoveries that suggest that there’s a huge temple beneath that land, yet the Ministry of Antiquities under the direct supervision of Zahi Hawas gave it away without any clear explanation,” Hanna added. ...


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

" Newly Discovered Matariya Colossus is Probably of King Psammetich : Ministry " (Ahram Online - Nevine El-Aref, 16.03.2017)

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The newly discovered Matariya colossus most likely belongs to the 26 dynasty king Psammetich I, not King Ramses II as initially believed, says antiquities minister ...

... Hieroglyphic signs and initial studies carried out on fragments of the colossus suggest that it belongs to king Psammetich I(664-610 BC)-26 Dynasty, El-Enany said.

The minister explains that the torso’s back-pillar has preserved one of the five names of king Psammetich I.

"If it belongs to this king, then it is the largest statue of the Late Period that was ever discovered in Egypt," he said. ...

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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 7:33 pm    Post subject: Sekhmet and Ritual Revelries in the Reign of Amenhotep III Reply with quote

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Suitable for the recent discoveries in the "House for Millions of Years" of Amenhotep III on the West Bank in Luxor...

"Sekhmet Omnipresent" 23rd March Luxor -26th

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Betsy Bryan and Hourig Sourouzian announce an international conference, “Sekhmet Omnipresent” to be held in Luxor, Egypt, Thursday, March 23 to Sunday, March 26, 2017 in the Mummification Museum Auditorium. It will be devoted to the imagery and cultic significance of the Sekhmet statues, lions, and lioness deities. ...

... The conference will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday March 23 and at 10 am to 5:30 pm on Friday, March 24, from 8 am to 5:30 on Saturday, and from 8 am to 1 pm. on Sunday. The conference will be open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.


A video of the lesson by Dr. Betsy Bryan, Professor and Director, John Hopkins University Expedition to the Mut Temple, from 26.03.2017 at Mummification Museum in Luxor :

" Sekhmet and Ritual Revelries in the Reign of Amenhotep III "

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