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Stolen Egyptian Artefacts found in Cyprus set to be returned.

14 Artefacts including 13 amulets and an alabaster vase are set to be returned to Egypt from Cyprus. Continue reading “Stolen Egyptian Artefacts found in Cyprus set to be returned.”

Amarna Reports Digitised and Available

Originally published by the Egypt Exploration Society the 6 volumes that make up the  Amarna Reports were published between 1984 and 1995.

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Forthcoming open access Journal: The Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture

The Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture, Its purpose is to promote the publication of research devoted to Ancient Egyptian architecture (domestic, civil, military, ritual/religious and funerary), from the Predynastic Period to the Roman imperial era, whatever the modern geographical context (Egypt, Sudan, Near East, etc). The subject scope includes everything relating to construction, regardless of its original importance or purpose. Continue reading “Forthcoming open access Journal: The Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture”

Blade of Ancient Egyptian Dagger Analyzed

MILAN, ITALY—Daniela Comelli of the Polytechnic University of Milan and her team conducted an analysis of the dagger found in the wrappings of Tutankhamun’s mummy by Howard Carter in 1925. Continue reading “Blade of Ancient Egyptian Dagger Analyzed”

Egyptian Solar boat discovered

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have uncovered a boat intended to carry the soul of its owner to the stars buried under the ruins of a 4500-year-old Egyptian tomb.  Continue reading “Egyptian Solar boat discovered”

One step closer to finding Nefertiti tomb?

In what is possibly the best evidence yet that Nicholas Reeves’ theory that Tutankhamen is to contains additional chambers has legs. Scientists from the Ministry of antiquities, Cairo University and the Heritage Innovation and Preservation Institute in Paris conducted a scan on the inside of Tutankhamen’s tomb using Infrared thermography technology last week. Continue reading “One step closer to finding Nefertiti tomb?”

Egypt has approved the search for Nefertiti’s tomb

After recent reports that Nefertiti’s tomb might be hidden inside Tutankamen’s tomb Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Continue reading “Egypt has approved the search for Nefertiti’s tomb”

Tutankhamen’s Tomb set to close in October

The tomb of the famous boy pharoah will be closed in October according to the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry. Continue reading “Tutankhamen’s Tomb set to close in October”

The Battle of Megiddo (15th century BC)

The 15th century BC Battle of Megiddo between Thutmose III and a coalition of Canaanite vassal states. There is debate about the exact year of this battle with 3 common suggestions being 1457, 1479 and 1482 BC. This battle is particularly important as it is considered the first battle to have been recorded with any acceptable level of detail. Our source for this battle, as is often the case, is the victor’s account. Thutmose ordered the war to be recorded and depicted in the Hall of Annals in the Temple of Amun-Re at Karnak, Thebes which illustrate the pharoah’s 14 campaigns in the Levant. This account would have been based on the daily journal kept by Tjaneni, Thutmose’s scribe.



Thutmose assembled an army of between 10,000 and 20,000 troops primarily made up of chariots and foot soldiers the Egyptian army marched to Yehem at an average daily pace of 20 km/day. Yehem was a small city located just before a chain of hills west of Megiddo. The King of Kadesh raised an army of between 10,000 and 15,000 Canaanites which he had stationed in Megiddo.

Although, apparently safer routes were available to Thutmose, the pharaoh chose the quicker more direct route even though it was deemed more dangerous. Luckily for Thutmose, the King of Kadesh had stationed large forces to protect both of the easier approaches to Megiddo ignoring the route Thutmose had actually chosen.




The morning after his arrival Thutmose attacked and routed the Canaanite forces, lack of discipline allowed many of Egypt’s enemies to escape back into the fortified city leading to a prolonged siege, the city was besieged for seven months and the King of Kadesh was able to escape. The Egyptians built a moat and a wooden palisade and eventually forced Megiddo to surrender. The city and citizens were spared. A number of other cities in the Jezreel Valley were conquered and Egyptian authority in the area was restored.

Recovered Egyptian artefacts to be displayed

Artefacts recovered from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea Continue reading “Recovered Egyptian artefacts to be displayed”

Egyptian Goddess – Isis

The Egyptian goddess Isis was the representation of the ideal mother and wife and the patron of nature and magic. Continue reading “Egyptian Goddess – Isis”

Anubis – the Egyptian god of the dead

This Egyptian god, portrayed as a jackal-headed man, was the protector of the dead, embalming and funerals. Continue reading “Anubis – the Egyptian god of the dead”

Archaeologists estimate Egyptian catacombs contained 8 million dog mummies

One of the gods worshiped by the ancient Egyptians was the jackel-headed god of Death Anubis. Continue reading “Archaeologists estimate Egyptian catacombs contained 8 million dog mummies”

Tutankhamun’s mask to be restored after damage

The famous mask of Tutankhamun has suffered inadvertent damage since it was excavated by Howard carter in 1922 from misguided attempts to polish the gold and lapis. The most recent, and most significant damage Continue reading “Tutankhamun’s mask to be restored after damage”

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