News From the Field: May 2016

The Tomb of King Tut; a Temple of Hatshepsut; a Temple of Nectanebo.

Welcome to a new feature of the podcast, “News from the Field,” in which we round up the latest and most exciting news from Egyptology and Archaeology.

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This episode, specialists are meeting to discuss the tomb of Tut’ankhamun, and what to do about Dr. Nicholas Reeves’ theory that  there is a hidden tomb inside. Although everyone is excited at the prospect, they are advising caution: digging rashly into the tomb could be a catastrophe. So we have to be sure first.

Archaeologists working in Aswan have uncovered new relics of Queen Hatshepsut. They have found a barque shrine, where statues of the gods would have been housed and protected. It s an exciting discovery, offering good information on the reign of this fantastic woman.

Finally, a new temple has been discovered at Heliopolis, Cairo. Belonging to Nectanebo I (c.380 BCE), the temple reveals the King as a servant of the sun god Re. He offers himself, and his name, to the Majesty of the great god, invoking his protection thereby.

Images: Ministry of Antiquities, Facebook

Tut’ankhamun Conference – Cairo

 

Nectanebo I – Heliopolis

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