zondag 23 januari 2011


Ik kijk vaak op luxor-news van Jane Akshar. Zij woont in Luxor en heeft steeds heel interessant nieuws. Nu ook weer, lees bij haar verder over opgravingen in Karnak.

zaterdag 22 januari 2011


Archaeologen denken vrij snel de graftombe van Anchesenamon, de vrouw van de legendarische farao Toetanchamon, te vinden. Dat heeft het hoofd van de Egyptische oudheidkundige dienst, Zahi Hawass, gezegd.
Anchesenamon leefde in de veertiende eeuw voor Christus en was een dochter van farao Achnaton en diens beroemde vrouw Nefertiti. Archeologen vermoeden dat de graftombe van Anchesenamon zich in de Vallei der Koningen bij Luxor bevindt. Eerder zijn hier al 63 andere graftombes gevonden.

De 64e tombe is al eerder gelocaliseerd en wordt binnenkort blootgelegd. Egyptoloog Zahi Hawass heeft tegenover Discovery News gezegd dat de kans aanzienlijk is dat het om de tombe van Toetanchamons echtgenote gaat.

Anchesenamon trouwde op haar dertiende met Toetanchamon die vermoedelijk haar halfbroer was.

In 2011 willen de archeologen ook een begraven piramide bij Dasjoer, iets ten zuiden van Caïro, blootleggen. Eerder zijn al satellietfoto's van deze locatie gemaakt en daaruit bleek dat er onder de grond een piramide begraven ligt.

the tomb of Tutankhamun

Tourists to Egypt will soon be able to visit the tomb of Tutankhamun without setting foot in the Valley of the Kings. A €500,000 life-size facsimile of the Boy King’s tomb and sarcophagus are to be installed in the revamped Suzanne Mubarak Children’s Museum in Cairo (slated to open early this year). The copy, created using the latest scanning technology, will eventually join replicas of the tomb of Tuthmosis III and a room from Nefertari’s tomb in a visitor’s centre planned for 2012 near British archaeologist Howard Carter’s home at the entrance of the Valley of the Kings.

The facsimile, created by Madrid-based workshop Factum Arte in collaboration with Zahi Hawass, the director general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, the University of Basel, the Friends of the Royal tombs of Egypt and the Foundation for Digital Tech­nology in Conservation, are part of the council’s long-term preservation of King Tut’s tomb which currently attracts 1,000 visitors per day. The large number of visitors and drastic temperature fluctuations are causing concern for the tomb’s survival.

No one has seen the tomb like this,” said Adam Lowe, the director and founder of Factum Arte, who added that the tomb’s current condition, in particular the temperature and glass panels that protect the walls, make a proper examination difficult. “You can think in the facsimile and then go back to the original and confer,” he said.

Included in the facsimile will be a lost “Isis” fragment known only from a photograph taken by Harry Burton shortly after Carter’s discovery of the tomb in 1922. The 1.8m x 1.4m fragment is from the southeast corner of the Throne Room. The photograph, now at Oxford’s Griffith Institute, shows that Carter had carefully removed the fragment and placed it in a wooden box filled with bran. “It’s most likely in a storeroom in Egypt,” said Lowe, who consulted several Egyptologists when creating the colour copy. “The aim of this type of reconstruction of missing parts of important sites is to focus attention on the biography and movement of things—once an object becomes the focus of attention new information about it normally emerges. In this case, I am hoping [the fragment] might be found,” said Lowe.

Fascimile Tet anch Amon+tomb

Aboudi's Bookshop Grand Opening

This bookshop has been providing great books in Luxor for 3 generations and is the primary outlet for all good Egyptology books in Luxor, probably in Egypt. It had recently moved locations from next door to the old Winter Palace which is being redeveloped to next door to MacDonalds behind Luxor Temple.

vrijdag 21 januari 2011

Jalâluddîn Rumi

The Alchemy of Love (by Jalâluddîn Rumi)

You come to us
from another world
From beyond the stars
and void of space.
Transcendent, Pure,
Of unimaginable beauty,
Bringing with you
the essence of love
You transform all
who are touched by you.
Mundane concerns,
troubles, and sorrows
dissolve in your presence,
Bringing joy
to ruler and ruled
To peasant and king
You bewilder us
with your grace.
All evils
transform into
You are the master alchemist.
You light the fire of love
in earth and sky
in heart and soul
of every being.
Through your love
existence and nonexistence merge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane
becomes sacred again.

The Love Poems of Rumi (edited by Deepak Chopra)

Luxor declares state of emergency ahead of anticipated floods - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Luxor declares state of emergency ahead of anticipated floods - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Luxor governorate has set up a state of emergency plan in case of flooding which may occur as heavy rains are predicted to continue. The governorate is holding a committee made of managers and personnel in the health, logistics, veterinary medicine, irrigation and agriculture sectors. It is also working on plans for rescue measures.