Nigel Hetherington guides us through the latest developments at the Valley of the Kings

Tomb of Senneferi

How did a high-class Egyptian tomb work? All is revealed at the tomb of Senneferi who lived at the height of the New Kingdom at around 1420

Egyptian Dwarfs

Biological and artistic evidence suggests that dwarfs held a privilaged position in Ancient Egyptian society

Egypt: How a Lost Civilisation was Discovered

Egypt – How a lost civilisation was rediscovered. Joyce Tyldesley BBC Books, £17.99 In 1400 BC, the three pyramids at Giza, were already 1000 years old. Long abandoned by their priests, they lay open, stripped of their precious contents. The once-mighty sphinx already lay buried to its neck in sand. Fashions had changed and the […]

Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt

Every time an archaeologist looks at non-élite everyday data, this is heralded as something special, unusual, praise-worthy, and in the case of Meskell’s book, is described as ‘pathbreaking’. In fact, increasing numbers of researchers are looking at the regular every-day lives of the ancients. In the Ancient Egyptian arena, this is helped by the wealth […]

Review: The Lost Tomb

One cannot leave the story of KV5 without looking at some of the literature it has produced. First and foremost is Kent Weeks’ own account of the discovery of the tomb. The Lost Tomb is one of the best archaeological books I have ever read. I bought it to read during our trip to Egypt […]

Mummy found at Saqqara

An Egyptian-led team of archaeologists have discovered a brilliantly-coloured mummy at the Saqqara Pyramids complex near Cairo, Egypt. The mummy is thought to have been buried around 300 BC.   Stand back Nigella Lawson and Kate Moss, this yummy mummy has hit the headlines as the world’s most beautiful mummy. Though its identity is unknown, […]

Rameses II

The mighty statue of Ramases II is set to be moved from down-town Cairo to a new museum planned for the Giza Plateau

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