Society & Culture
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(heritage-key.com) French archaeologist Dr Alain Zivie shows some of the findings from the Tomb of the vizier Aper-el, which dates from the latter part of the 18th Dynasty, around 1353-1335 BC and are now stored at the Imhotep Museum at Saqqara. Dr Zivie explains that the difficulty in accessing the tomb meant that it was never raided in modern times, and only in ancient times when the thieves were not seeking antiquities.
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(heritage-key.com) Dr Zahi Hawass and Dr Mark Lehner talk about the latest conservation tests being carried out at the Great Sphinx, Giza, to test whether this iconic Egyptian landmark is at risk of a rising water table. Assisted by the Cairo University, the team are making holes around the Sphinx to check the porosity of the limestone underneath, as well as a side-benefit of being able to test the theories of whether there are hidden chambers and tunnels underneath.
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(heritage-key.com) On a journey through the Tombs of Thebes, Dr Zahi Hawass and Dr Janice Karmin explain the ongoing discoveries being made in the area, and how there are thousands upon thousands of "Lost Tombs" just waiting to be found! In the video, Dr Karmin shows us around one of the new discoveries to have been excavated, while Dr Hawass explains who really was behind the Golden Age of Egypt.
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(heritage-key.com) Dr Vasko (or Vassil) Dobrev explains his search for the tomb of Userkare - a Sixth Dynasty Pharaoh who ruled between the reign of Teti and Pepi I. In the video, Dr Dobrev explains that Egypt was in a power limbo after the assassination of Teti, until Userkare came to bring peace and restore order. He is excavating a site at Saqqara South where his team have so far covered a fifth of a hectare, out of a 15 hectare plateau. Dr Dobrev shows us in this video what he has found so far at the Tabbet al-Guech site, and some insight into the world of archaeology.
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(heritage-key.com) Dr Zahi Hawass takes us on a tour of the restorations taking place at the Jewish Synagogue of Moses Ben Maimon, amid accusations that the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) has been neglecting Jewish sites in Egypt. Dr Hawass explains that since taking his post as Director of the SCA, he has made a point of restoring Jewish Temples, as it is also part of Egypt's heritage.
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(heritage-key.com) Animals were deeply sacred in ancient Egypt, particularly from the 26th dynasty around 700 BC until the end of Egyptian civilization and the advent of Christianity by 400 AD. They were believed to be the living embodiment of gods, so preserving their corpses after death became a matter of the utmost importance. As Dr Ikram explains, Egyptian embalmers would go to painstaking and expensive lengths to mummify everything, from ibis to cows, mice and fish. Cats had particularly high status in Egyptian society, while mummified dogs have been found by the thousands. Even lowly scarab beetles were carefully preserved.
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(heritage-key.com) In this exclusive video, the American University at Cairo's Salima Ikram shares the secrets of Egypt's enduring animal adoration. In the video, she explains how Egyptians believed that animals were born as gods' creatures, and that gods would enter their bodies and animate it. The sounds animals made were thought to be the secret language of the gods; thus Egyptians felt they were actually closer to divinity than themselves, and would question animals, through a priest's interpretation, on matters as mundane as inheritance or property.
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(heritage-key.com) Gilf Kebir is the most arid and desolate places on Earth, but thousands of years ago, the site had water and was inhabited by humans and animals. In the 1930s, Hungarian explorer Laszlo Almasy discovered prehistoric paintings in the Cave of the Swimmers, which gave a view into the life of a long forgotten civilisation. The video takes us inside the Foggini-Mestekawi cave, discovered in January 2003, and gives us an insight into its ancient, mysterious past.
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(heritage-key.com) Dr Mark Lehner, has given an exclusive video interview to Heritage Key in which he explains what he and his team are doing in their latest excavation - Dr Lehner wants to know the answer to questions that rarely gets asked - where and how did the workers who built the pyramids live?
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(heritage-key.com) In New Discoveries in Drabu el Naga, Dr. Hawass brings us up to date with his excavations at this promising site on the West Bank of the Nile, close to Luxor and directly across from Karnak. There are about 80 numbered tombs at Drabu el Naga, some of which are royal tombs dating from the Seventeenth Dynasty, with other New Kingdom tombs belonging to Theban priests and privileged court officials.
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(heritage-key.com) Giving us an insight to the latest discoveries made at the Valley of the Kings, Dr Zahi Hawaas - the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities - explains the importance and context behind some of the objects that have been found. He shows us diagrams and drawings from Ancient Egyptian times and hypothesises about what they may have meant.
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(heritage-key.com) There are still a number of kings and other royals who were probably buried in the Valley of the Kings, but whose tombs have not yet been found. The resting places of Ramesses VIII, Thutmose II, and the queens and princes of the 18th Dynasty are still unknown. Hawass believes that there are still many treasures left to be discovered in the valley. In the video Dr. Hawass (http://www.drhawass.com) reviews some of the areas of interest in the Central Valley area. He mentions the northern side of the Central Valley, between the tombs of Ramesses II and Merneptah, where a drainage system built by the ancient Egyptians to catch the tears of the gods was discovered. As I alluded to in a previous blog about KV64, the flood patterns of the Valley of the Kings are a major indicator of where the next tomb will be found, and you can expect to read more about that on Heritage Key very soon. More background information on KV63 & the quest to find KV64 on Heritage Key: http://heritage-key.com/blogs/keith-payne/tomb-kv64-valley-kings-nefertiti-queen-tiye-or-weret-whats-her-name
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(heritage-key.com) Mummification Featuring Zahi Hawass is a video by Nico Piazza, featuring still-photography by Sandro Vannini. In the video Dr Zahi Hawass is examining an Old Kingdom mummy found quite by accident in a tomb at Saqqara in 2007. Dr Hawass explains the mummification process and why each stage was carried out, as well as why the heart was left inside the body.