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Sculpture of Queen Ankhnespepy II discovered at Saqqara

A wooden sculpture of Queen Ankhnespepy II has been unearthed near her pyramid at Saqqara. A French-Swiss archaeological team have unearthed the head of a wooden statute of Queen Ankhnespepy II (6th Dynasty, Old Kingdom, around 2350 BC), near her pyramid in the Saqqara area in Giza. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the

15,000-year-old rock art found in Egypt

Researchers working in Egypt have found panels of 15,000-year-old rock art in the Subeira Valley. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that the markings can be dated to the late pre-Dynastic era, and were found engraved on sandstone rocks. They depict scenes of troops of renowned animals

Gypsum head of Akhenaten sculpture found in Egypt

The head of a statue of the 18th dynasty pharaoh Akhenaten has been unearthed at the Great Atun Temple at Tel El-Amarna, Akhenaten’s capital city. The head – which is 9cm tall, 13.5 cm long and 8 cm wide – was unearthed during excavation work in the first hall of the

18th-dynasty Egyptian tomb excavated

Archaeologists in Egypt have excavated a 3,500-year-old tomb in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor’s west bank. The entrance leads to a squared chamber where a niche with a duo statue depicting the tomb owner and his wife is found on one end. The statue shows Amenemhat sitting on a

5th-century monks’ complex found in Egypt

An ancient settlement that may have been used by monks has been found in Minya, Egypt. Gamal El-Semestawi, director-general of Antiquities of Middle Egypt, explains that the rock-hewn tombs are composed of a collection of burial chambers that are 50x70 metres in total. The residential area is 100x130 metres in size and

Ptolemaic-era tombs unearthed in Egypt

Three rock-cut tombs dating back to the Ptolemaic era have been found in Upper Egypt. Ashmawy describes the discovery as "very important" because it reveals more secrets from the El-Kamil El-Sahrawi archaeological site. During previous excavation work, the mission uncovered about 20 tombs built in the catacomb architectural style, which was widespread

Pharaoh with gigantism identified

The remains of a Third-Dynansty pharaoh who stood more than 6 feet tall may have had gigantism. Ancient Egyptian kings were likely better fed and in better health than commoners of the era, so they could be expected grow taller than average. Still, the over-6-foot-tall remains the scientists analyzed would have

Ancient Egyptian prosthetic toe re-examined

Researchers from the University of Bassel are re-examining a 3,000-year-old Egyptian prosthetic toe. Fitted with a lace-up leather strap, the shapely prosthetic toe belonged to a priest’s daughter, who was buried with it near royalty in an upper-class tomb. “They often wore sandals, so you can imagine that a well-formed foot was

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