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ImageGet ready it’s daylight savings time.  Most of the European countries changed their clocks forward in the past week in line with the traditional daylight savings time.  Egypt will follow suit by changing the clocks forward one hour at midnight between 24th April and the 25th April.  Look forward to longer evenings and waking an hour later.


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Pasadena Star

Silk kites and beer will be the tools of choice for Cal Poly Pomona students as they try to build a pyramid.

Architecture students in the cement and masonry structure class will construct a 106-ton pyramid without modern tools.

Instead, they will use a technique that could have been used by ancient Egyptians.

Maureen Clemmons, president of the management consulting practice Transformations, explained the theory during an introduction to the course Thursday.

Cal Poly Pomona will be one of several colleges helping Clemmons research the theory. The class of 100 will use her seven years of scaled testing to figure out if building at a large scale would be feasible.

“How can you turn the opportunity away?” said Gary McGavin, associate professor of architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and instructor of the cement and masonry class.

Clemmons proposed the idea that a smaller work force and innovative use of available resources made making the massive Egyptian monuments easier than once believed.

In her research, Clemmons claimed that hieroglyphics show ancient Egyptians using their sailing knowledge to harness and use wind in their favor.

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Egypt State Information Service

Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak inaugurates Sunday 10/2/2008 the International Whales Nature reserve of Al Fayoum in celebrations to be organized by the Environment Ministry on the occasion of the UNESCO’S choosing this nature reserve to join the list of the world nature heritage which comprises 259 such locations worldwide.

Environment Minister Maged George said the location of the whales’ nature reserve was developed to become a unique open museum as it includes 400 whales skeletons dated back to more than 40 million years ago.

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Archaeology Magazine – Nefertiti’s Eyes (Earl R. Ertmman)
Archaeology has a feature in the March/April 2008 issue entitled Nefertiti’s Eyes, which you can see online at the above address.

Did the queen’s distinctive feature become a symbol of Egyptian royalty?

All eyes were on the Valley of the Kings the morning of February 5, 2006, when our expedition first looked into the chamber now known as KV63, the first tomb found in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings since that of Tutankhamun (KV62) in 1922.

Press speculation was rampant over what the tomb might hold. Would our expedition find the mummies of royal women from the late 18th Dynasty, such as Queen Nefertiti, thought by some to be Tut’s mother? Or the six princesses she bore to the pharaoh Akhenaten, including Tut’s queen, Ankhesenamun? The mummies of these women have either not been found or identified. Perhaps they were removed from Akhenaten’s capital at Amarna when a later king, presumably Tut, returned to the traditional capital of Thebes on the Nile opposite the Valley of the Kings. Did Tut rebury them in the Valley?

After taking out several stones blocking the doorway from the tomb shaft into the chamber, we peered through the narrow opening. Inside, we could see many large ceramic jars and several wooden coffins, some with yellow-painted faces. The press speculation was incorrect on all counts. We found no mummies in any of the tomb’s seven coffins and no inscriptions to tell us for whom these coffins were initially intended.

But while studying the coffins, I discovered–in the eyes of faces painted on three of them–an intriguing link to Nefertiti, the queen whose name means, simply, “the beautiful one has come.” While none of the coffins held Nefertiti’s remains, the eyes may tell us something unexpected about her celebrated beauty. Was it in part the result of a genetic syndrome?

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A new publication from Graffito Graffiti

Travellers’ Graffiti from Egypt and the Sudan IV

Elkab – The Rock Tombs

by Roger O. De Keersmaecker

PhilaeAs far as possible, biographical and bibliographical information is given,
also graffiti found in other places.

The booklet is presented with spiral binding 21 cm x 29,50 cm, 60 pages.
With 20 black and white en 14 in colour illustrations.

Published and printed by the author, Price: 15.00 Euro.
Excluding packing and postage.
Available from: roger.de.keersmaecker@skynet.be

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