CAIRO – DO YOU LOVE YOUR CAR?

It is certainly tender loving care which hides somebody’s treasure!

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seen on the streets of Cairo.

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Sunset Over The Nile

Sunsets are fascinating to watch anywhere – but there are some places where the fading rays of the sun add a mystery all its own – and Egypt is one of these special, intriguing places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOATS – STILL PART OF EVERY DAY’S LIFE IN EGYPT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When you are on a boat in Cairo, Luxor, or Aswan the Nile never leaves you. It is 4,258 miles long and flows north draining into the Mediterranean Sea. It originates from the Blue Nile which begins at Lake Tana, in Ethiopia and joins the White Nile south of Khartoum in Sudan.

The Ancient Egyptians called Egypt the “gift of the Nile” since the kingdom owed its survival to the annual flooding of the Nile and the resulting depositing of fertile silt.

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Bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius Discovered in Egypt


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Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed the bust of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who was best known for his philosophical interests.

They made the discovery in the Temple of Kom Ombo, where a years-long project is being done to preserve the site from groundwater damage, The Associated Press reports.

The team also found other artifacts, including a shrine for the god Osiris-Ptah-Neb at a temple in Luxor, which is a few hours away from Kom Ombo. Additionally, a stone panel with a ram and goose sketched on it was found on an offering table, the Ministry of Antiquities announced on Sunday, AP reports.

In early March, archaeologists found multiple pieces of a King Ramses II statue in the Temple of Kom Ombo. The finding marks is of great importance because previously there was limited evidence that the temple was used during the ancient Egyptian modern state-era, according to Egypt Independent.

The rest of the statue has yet to be found, but archaeologists plan to continue their efforts at the site to hopefully uncover it. Another recent notable finding at the temple is the discovery of a sandstone carving that is believed to be the oldest carving ever found in Kom Ombo.

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Egypt’s Ancient History will never stop to surprise us with  new, and interesting discoveries!

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Photo Of The Week – Coming Alive

At night the Ancient Egyptians become alive

Like at this Temple of EDFU on the West Bank of the Nile in Upper Egypt. This Ptolemaic temple, built between 237 and 57 BC, is one of the best-preserved ancient monuments in Egypt. Preserved by desert sand, which filled the place after the pagan cult was banned, the temple is dedicated to Horus, the avenging son of Isis and Osiris.

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Photo Of The Week – Hopelessness

Is the donkey reflecting the master’s feelings of hopelessness or is it the other way around?

 

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Luxor – Room With A View

It is often said that Luxor has the biggest museum in the world – KARNAK – but it also has one of the most beautiful hotels. The Winter Palace.

The lush tropical fauna surrounding the swimming pool in the back of the hotel is like an oasis in the desert, 

But there is no equal to seeing the Nile from  your window

 

 

 

 

 

 

when the sun rises or when the last rays bath the river in a golden glow.

 

Maybe it is the magic of it all that made Agatha Christie choose this place to write some of her mysteries!

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MUMMY OF QUEEN NEFERTITI BROUGHT TO LIFE

ANCIENT EGYPT: MUMMY OF QUEEN NEFERTITI BROUGHT TO LIFE WITH CONTROVERSIAL FAIR SKIN IN 3-D SCAN
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Newsweek

The face of Queen Nefertiti, who may have been King Tutankhamun’s biological mother, will be revealed on the Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown, which airs Wednesday night. The face is the result of the latest 3-D imaging technology that used the mummy’s facial structure to bring the 3,400-year-old queen to life, but it’s the sculpture’s skin color, not cheekbones, that has raised the most controversy.

In order to create the bust of the ancient queen, a team of scientists at the University of Bristol in England digitally mapped the face of a mummy known as “The Younger Lady.” The mummy was found in 1898 and is believed to be of Queen Nefertiti, but this was never proven. The mummy’s face was digitally mapped to make an accurate facial construction for the bust. Then, paleoartist Elisabeth Daynes recreated the Queen’s face on the bust, a painstaking process that took around 500 hours of work, a statement on the television show reported. By comparing the bust with historical images of Nefertiti, the researchers were able to show that the “Younger Lady” mummy was indeed the famous queen.

Host of “Expedition Unknown,” Josh Gates examines the sculpture of the “Younger Lady” mummy in the Paris studio of paleoartist Elisabeth Daynès.
SCULPTURE BY ELISABETH DAYNÈS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TRAVEL CHANNEL’S “EXPEDITION UNKNOWN” AND JOSH GATES. PHOTO COURTESY OF TRAVEL CHANNEL.

“This remarkable face seems to be consistent with ancient representations of Nefertiti,” Aidan Dodson, an Egyptologist at Bristol University who was involved in the project, said in a statement. “It’s extraordinary. When taken alongside the latest reading of the genetic data, this provides us with truly exciting evidence that the mummy of the Younger Lady is none other than Queen Nefertiti herself.”

The show is focused on investigating three of the most powerful women in ancient Egyptian history: Hatshepsut, Cleopatra and Nefertiti, a statement on the show reported.

According to The History Channel, Nefertiti was queen from 1353 to 1336 B.C. and may have even ruled Egypt herself after her husband, Pharaoh Akhenaten, died. Her full name, Neferneferuaten, means “beautiful are the beauties of Aten, a beautiful woman has come,” an homage to both the Egyptian chief god Aten and the queen’s renowned beauty.

The 3-D imaging was only able to copy the mummy’s facial structure, other features such as skin and eye color were up to artist interpretation. Many soon took to Twitter in anger over the artist’s decision to make Nefertiti so fair-skinned. Since Nefertiti lived far before the time of photography there is no way to know the exact skin tone of the ancient queen, although the most famous bust depicting the queen, which was believed to be created in 1345 B.C., depicts a darker monarch.

Regardless of the skin tone controversy, the new bust is celebrated for its detail to other aspects of accuracy, such as the depiction of the queen’s muscle tone and skin tissue depth. Combined, these details reveal the face of one of the most influential and well known women in world history.

The facial reconstruction of the “Younger Lady” mummy next to a 3-D replica of its head created from digital mapping.
LPTURE BY ELISABETH DAYNÈS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TRAVEL CHANNEL’S “EXPEDITION UNKNOWN” AND JOSH GATES. PHOTO COURTESY OF TRAVEL CHANNEL

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EGYPT’S LATEST DISCOVERY

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Tomb of 5th Dynasty top official discovered near Pyramid of Khafre on Giza Plateau

Al Ahram

“It is the first discovery to be announced in 2018,” said Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany at a press conference held at the step of Hetpet’s tomb in Giza’s western cemetery. El-Enany explained that blocks of the tomb were unearthed in 1909 by a British explorer who sent them to Berlin and Frankfurt. “The tomb has never been uncovered until October 2017 when the Egyptian mission started excavation in the Giza western cemetery,” El-Enany said.

The minister explained that the cemetery was previously excavated by several archaeological missions since 1843, and the most distinguished and important ones were made by renowned Egyptologist and former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass. The newly discovered tomb belongs to a lady named Hetpet, a top official in the royal palace during the end of the 5th Dynasty.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the head of the mission, told Ahram Online that the tomb has the architectural style and decorative elements of the 5th Dynasty, with an entrance leading to an “L” shape shrine with a purification basin.

On its western rear end there is a rectangular arcade lined with incense and offering holders. There is also a naos with a yet missing statue of the tomb’s owner. The tomb has very distinguished wall paintings in a very good state of conservation depicting “Hetpet” standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or sitting before a large offering table receiving offerings from her children.

“Scenes of reaping fruits, melting metals and the fabrication of leather and papyri boats as well as musical and dancing performances are also shown on walls,” Waziri said. He added that among the most distinguished paintings in the tomb are those depicting two monkeys in different positions. Monkeys were domestic animals at the time.

The first scene shows a monkey reaping fruits while the second displays a monkey dancing in front of an orchestra. Similar scenes are found in other tombs. The first one is painted on the wall of a 12th Dynasty tomb of Khnoum Hetep II in Beni Hassan in Minya governorate; the second is found in the Old Kingdom tomb of Ka-Iber in Saqqara, though it displays a dancing monkey in front of a guitarist not an orchestra.

 

 

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK – MAY I HELP YOU?

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NO THE PYRAMIDS ARE NOT OPEN TODAY – COME BACK TOMORROW!

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