A group of Belgian archaeologists uncovered the remains of a mud-brick pyramid-shaped tomb cover in Luxor belonging to Ramsis II's vizier Khay. The Belgian archaeological mission from the Free University of Brussels and Liege University uncovered the 15 metre-tall structure during their routine excavation work at Sheikh Abdul Gorna noblemen's necropolis on Luxor’s west bank. The mission stumbled upon a pyramidion engraved with an ancient Egyptian scene depicting the god Re-Horakhty.
The beautifully preserved leather trappings of an ancient Egyptian chariot have been rediscovered in a storeroom of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Researchers say that the find, which includes intact harnesses, gauntlets and a bow case, is unique, and will help them to reconstruct how such chariots were made and used. Researchers knew little about the leather trappings and harnesses used with such chariots, as leather decomposes quickly if any moisture is present.
A wooden 17th Dynasty sarcophagus of a child and collection of 18th Dynasty Ushabti figurines of a priest were found inside Djehuty's tomb in Luxor's west bank. Djehuty was an important official who lived in the reign of Hatshepsut, but died in the reign of Thutmosis III. While work was in progress around Djehuty's tomb, another tomb dating from the beginning of the 18th Dynasty was unearthed. It belongs to a man named Hery who died in the reign of Amenhotep I, and was the supervisor of the Treasury of Queen Iya-Hutep, the mother of Ahmose I.
The largest ancient Egyptian sarcophagus has been identified in a tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, say archaeologists who are re-assembling the giant box that was reduced to fragments more than 3,000 years ago. Made of red granite, the royal sarcophagus was built for Merneptah. Archaeologists are re-assembling the outermost of these nested sarcophagi, its size dwarfing the researchers working on it. It is more than 4 meters long, 2.3 m wide and towers more than 2.5 m above the ground. It was originally quite colorful and has a lid that is still intact.
Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister State of Antiquities, announced the discovery of a royal black granite statue of 125 cm height in the Temple of Monthu. The discovery was made by the French mission (CNRS/CFEETK) working in God Monthu temple directed by Christophe Thiers. The statue represents the King standing and the artistic features and carving style indicates that it could be dated to the New Kingdom.
More than 80 New Kingdom Ushabtis figures of 15 cm were found by a research team led by Spanish Egyptologist Dr. José Manuel Galán. The Spanish archaeologists have also made two more discoveries: a pet cemetery and a new burial chamber.
Zahi Hawass the Minister of State for Antiquities will open 7 tombs in the New Kingdom Cemetery in South Saqqara for tourism for the first time. This site contains the famous tomb of Maya, who was the treasurer of King Tutankhamun, as well as the tomb of Horemheb.
In the last few days Sakkara has been ransacked. The tomb of Maia seems to be destroyed and even the reliefs in the burial chamber have been hacked out.
Twelve sphinx statues have been found near the Karnak Temple in Luxor. The statues were found by a mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, which was excavating in the area of the Sphinx Alley which leads to the temple. The statues date back to the reign of King Nectanebo I (380-363 BC), the last pharaoh of the 30th Dynasty.
The Science Museum of Minnesota has decided it’s time to strip away some of the mystery from the mummy it acquired in 1925 as a donation from the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Simon P. Crosby. A few hints came in 1983 when radiographic studies revealed that all internal organs except the heart had been removed during the mummification process. Findings from those tests supported the museum’s theory that the mummy probably was a priest.