Upper Egypt’s Sohag National Museum set to ope…


It seems that the curse of the Pharaohs that has hovered over the Sohag National Museum for more than 29 years will finally be broken as the museum is set to open its doors overlooking the Nile in the Upper Egyptian town of Sohag in the coming days.

Sohag has rich archaeological sites from the early Ancient Egyptian era right up to the Ptolemaic, Graeco-Roman, Coptic and Islamic periods. But although the governorate contains many distinguished monuments and historical landmarks, it is seldom visited.

The exhibition scenario focuses on six influential aspects of Egyptian life throughout the ages: kingship, the family, cooking and cuisine, faith and religion, employment, industry and textiles and handicrafts.

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Figure of Cleopatra VII Philopator, ca. 40 BC…

Figure of Cleopatra VII

Philopator, ca. 40 BC. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC. Now in the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.

It’s Official: Tut’s Tomb Has No Hidden Chambe…

It’s Official: Tut’s Tomb Has No Hidden Chambers After All: undefined

Broad Collar and Counterweight Gold, carnel…

Broad Collar and Counterweight

Gold, carnelian, glass. Tomb of Tutankhamun. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

The mummy of Tutankhamun had six wesekh (‘broad’) collars. This one, with falcon heads on either end, was found draped across the king’s thighs. When worn, it extended over his chest and shoulders. Both royalty and nobility used such collars for ritual occasions.

King Tut and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Exhibition at the Discovery Times Square Exposition, New York City, 23 April 2010 – 2 January 2011.


Caroline P. Digonis

New Sohag National Museum. Sohag, Upper Egypt



Photos courtesy Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

Prehistoric mummy reveals ancient Egyptian emb…


It is the first time that extensive tests have been carried out on an intact prehistoric mummy, consolidating the researchers’ previous findings that embalming was taking place 1,500 years earlier than previously accepted.

Dating from c.3700-3500 BC, the mummy has been housed in the Egyptian Museum in Turin since 1901, but unlike the majority of other prehistoric mummies in museums, it has never undergone any conservation treatments, providing a unique opportunity for accurate scientific analysis.

Like its famous counterpart Gebelein Man A in the British Museum, the Turin mummy was previously assumed to have been naturally mummified by the desiccating action of the hot, dry desert sand.

Using chemical analysis, the scientific team led by the Universities of York and Macquarie uncovered evidence that the mummy had in fact undergone an embalming process, with a plant oil, heated conifer resin, an aromatic plant extract and a plant gum/sugar mixed together and used to impregnate the funerary textiles in which the body was wrapped. Read more.

grandegyptianmuseum: The goddess Mut, detail …


The goddess Mut, detail from a statue from Karnak, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1320-1306 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. 

Outer coffin of Lady Madja, from Deir el-Med…

Outer coffin of Lady Madja, from Deir el-Medina

The tomb was discovered in a cemetery in West Thebes overlooking the valley of Deir el-Medina, behind the hill of Qurnet Mourai. In this tomb the coffin was the only support for the texts and scenes of offerings that the Egyptians believed to be essential to the deceased’s well-being in the afterlife. 

Reign of Thutmose III. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1450 BC. Now in the Louvre. Photo RMN-Grand Palais / Les frères Chuzeville 

Relief depicting Emperor Trajan (53-117 AD) as…

Relief depicting Emperor Trajan (53-117 AD) as a Pharaoh offering the barque. Temple of Hathor, Dendera.

grandegyptianmuseum: Container for eye pigme…


Container for eye pigments in the form of a golden seashell pendant, from the funerary complex of king Sekhemkhet at Saqqara. Old Kingdom, 3rd Dynasty, ca. 2650 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.