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Archaeological and historical research of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation is an ongoing process that helps evolve our views of this magnificent culture. In this section, The Ancient Egypt Site keeps the reader up to speed about the latest discoveries.

Temple of Hatshepsut Discovered

A recent archaeological survey by a Polish team at Gebelein, has revealed a temple, cut into the rock and consisting of two rooms, built during the reign of the 18th Dynasty King Hatshepsut. Although the temple was already known, it was never thoroughly examined before, probably due to its very bad state of preservation. 

Have the Walls of Memphis Been Found?

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A team of Russian archaeologists that has been working at the site of Kom Tuman, located to the south of Giza, has discovered remnants of monumental walls. The walls are estimated to be some 5,200 years old. Their age and size has lead the excavators to believe they have found the “White Walls” of Memphis, the ancient walls surrounding the city that have given it its oldest known name of

About the ‘Discovery’ of Nefertiti’s Tomb

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Newspapers, whether online or in print, have been buzzing the past few days with news about the ‘discovery’ of Nefertiti’s tomb. As even some fellow Egyptologists seem to be eager to welcome and share this, here is my take on the matter.

First of all, we are not talking about a discovery. …

Khentkaus III Tomb found at Abusir

Khentkaus III 5th Dynasty tomb in Abusir by Dr Miroslav Barta by Luxor Times 3

The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt has announced the discovery of a tomb dated to the mid 5th Dynasty at Abusir that belonged to a hitherto unknown queen. The discovery was done during the excavation works of the Czech Institute of Egyptology, directed by Miroslav Barta.

Thutmosis III Temple at Giza

Some reliefs found at Giza - Source: Al Ahram

Not for the first time in the history of Egyptian archaeology, has an illicit dig resulted in an important find. Digging under their homes, some 40 km south of the Giza Pyramids, several people found the remains of a temple dated to the reign of Thutmosis III. Seven men have been arrested.

Woman with 70 hair extensions discovered

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The body of a woman, buried more than 3300 years ago near Akhet-Aton, Akhenaten’s new capital, was found to have had a very complex hairstyle with 70 extensions fastened in different layers and heights on the head.

The woman was not mummified, but her body was simply wrapped in a mat. …

Dra Abu el-Naga yields 11th Dynasty Tomb

11th Dynasty tomb discovered in Luxor by Luxor Times 2

A new tomb and cachette dated to the 11th Dynasty were discovered at the site of Dra Abu el-Naga, on the Westbank of Luxor. The well carved burial chamber, thought to have been built for a member of the royal family, is still being excavated and may yield some new interesting finds that help us understand the 11th Dynasty better.

Intact Burial Chamber Found In Aswan

An intact burial discovered in Qubbet el Hawa by Luxor Times 4

The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt announced the discovery of an intact burial chamber near Aswan, in the South of Egypt, containing 9 coffins. The find is dated to the Late Dynastic Period. The tools found with one of the mummies in a rather well preserved wooden coffin, may suggest a Nubian origin for the mummy.

Reused Tomb Houses Late Dynastic Coffins

During works carried out in the tomb of an 18th Dynasty lady name Maya at Saqqara, located to the southeast of Cairo and once one of the most important necropoleis of Memphis, a French archaeology team found 3 coffins belonging to Ta-Nakht, a chantress who lived during the 21st/2nd Dynasties.

New tomb found at Saqqara

A new tomb, dated to around 1100 BC, has been unearthed at the necropolis of Saqqara, to the southwest of Cairo. The inscriptions are said to be nicely preserved and show funerary processions. The tomb owner has been identified as an official in charge of foreign relationships.

Predynastic Tomb Uncovered in Edfu

Hierakonpolis tomb assemblage by Luxor Times

A British-Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Al-Kom Al-Ahmar area of the Upper Egyptian town of Edfu has discovered a pre-dynastic royal tomb of an unidentified king. A mummy found in the tomb belonged to a man who died in his late teens. 
Several objects, including a statuette of a man, arrow heads and several combs are also among the finds in this tomb.

Almost 60 Royal Mummies Found In Valley Of The Kings

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities has announced the find of a cache containing several wooden sarcophagi and cartonnage mummy masks. The cache also contains about 60 mummies, many holding titles as ‘prince’ or ‘princess’, members of the households of Thutmosis IV and his son Amenhotep III of the 18th Dynasty. …

Has the mummy of Psamtek I been found?

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The further excavation works at the Dakahliya mastaba, the find of which was reported last week, has revealed yet another surprise: a mummy in a coffin bearing the name of 26th Dynasty king Psamtek I.
If the inscription indeed refers to the king as the owner of the coffin and not to a private person whose name contained the name of the king, this would be a unique find of a Late Dynastic king.

Late Dynastic Mastaba found in Dakahliya

A mastaba tomb dated to the Late Dynastic Period has been found near Dakahliya, in the Nile Delta. The tomb consists of several burial shafts, inside one of which a sarcophagus was found.


Step Pyramid Uncovered in Edfu

Remains of the Edfu Step Pyramid.

Archaeologists working near Edfu, famous mainly for its Ptolemaic temple, have uncovered a Step Pyramid that is dated to reigns of Huni or Snofru. The monument, once rising up to about 13 metres, is one of several smaller Step Pyramids that were built throughout Egypt at the end of the

Bustling Port discovered near Giza Pyramids

A view on the excavation site near the Giza Pyramids, where the port has been discovered.

The remains of what seems to be a bustling port have been discovered near the Giza Pyramids. 
With thanks to Kara Cooney and the SSEA for sharing this.


Statue of Senmut identified

A statue fragment in the Manchester Museum has been identified as having represented Senmut, the architect of the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari. It was long believed that it represented a priest of Amun named Userhat from the Middle Kingdom, but a recent analysis now points towards Senmut.

Unknown Pharaoh found in Abydos

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The tomb of a hitherto unknown Pharaoh Senebkay dated to the 2nd Intermediate Period, has been discovered in Abydos, in Middle Egypt. The skeletal remains found in a wooden sarcophagus in the tomb, are believed to have belonged to the king.


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