Sunday, July 10, 2005

News Items from Ancient Egypt Magazine
Ayman Wahby Taher, who I met with Ancient Egypt Magazine Bob Partridge at the recent AWT Open Day at Highclere Castle, where we were all presenting, has a great regular feature in the Ancient Egypt Magazine. As well as many other items that I have not read elsewhere (you will have to buy the magazine to read them :-) ) there are a couple of items that I noted with particular interest. First is that the SCA is to set up a new administrative department dedicated to the Prehistoric period - an absolutely vital move that will help to ensure that survival of at least some prehistoric data. I had heard that it was planned, but this is the first confirmation I have seen in writing. Ayman also says that the golden jewellery collection from the temple of Dush in the Kharga Oasis is not on dipslay at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo for the very first time. Finally, Ayman provides details about conservation projects at Giza, Suez and Alexandria, and tourist improvements at Kom Ombo and Edfu.
Elsewhere in the magazine, on the letters page, Aidan Dodson, who was also at Highclere says that the three mummies in KV35 (one of whom was the centre of the Nefertiti debate) have now been placed in cases within the tomb, which is excellent news.

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