Egyptian Tomb Hunting

Egyptian Tomb Hunting
Egyptian Tomb Hunting

Egyptian Tomb Hunting.

Tonight, on Channel 5, sees Tony Robinson going all Indiana Jones, scrabbling around archaeological excavations by the Nile and getting very muddy. We see him wandering around the great ancient Egyptian monuments in Giza and Luxor, but it’s far more interesting to follow him as he becomes one of the first laymen to catch sight of new discoveries being made in previously unexplored tombs.

Luxor is usually the start of your Nile cruise.


Like the dozens of pots containing the detritus of a mummification process – including an accidentally discarded major organ that Tony’s pleased as punch to get to hold – or the exquisitely carved but unfinished entranceway to the home for eternity of an ancient local dignitary. As he says, “The Egyptians did death better than anyone else.”

Tonight’s programme is part one of two.
In part two Tony goes on a journey across Egypt, where a series of incredible new tomb discoveries are being made. He travels the length of the Nile, from Cairo to Aswan, to investigate tombs of all shapes and sizes, and meets the archaeologists, including John Ward, who are unearthing extraordinary wonders.

Al-Assasif Necropolis

Al-Assasif Necropolis
Al-Assasif NecropolisA previously untouched coffin dating back more than 3000 years was opened in front of the media in Luxor on Saturday. It was one of two sarcophagi found this month in the Al-Assasif necropolis – the burial site of nobles and senior officials close to the pharaohs.

El-Assasif is a necropolis near Luxor on the West Bank at Thebes, EgyptUpper Egypt. It is located in the dry bay that leads up to Deir el-Bahri and south of the necropolis of Dra’ Abu el-Naga’.

El-Assasif contains burials from the 18th25th and 26th dynasties of ancient Egypt, covering the period c. 1550 to 525 BC across all three dynasties.

In October 2019, 30 coffins were uncovered and presented, dating back to the 22nd dynasty.

You can read more about the Al-Assasif necropolis here:

If you would like to know more about cruising The Nile and all of the wonders and treasures you will see on a Nile cruise please visit my dedicated Nile cruise website, or call me at any time on Freephone 0808 1089 100 and I’ll be more than happy to tell you about this wonderful travel experience. Barbara


Tomb of Nubia Viceroy during the reign of King Tutankhamun is to be opened in mid-December at Qurnet Marei on Luxor’s west bank

Huy Tomb opens to the public on Luxor's West Bank.Tomb of Nubia Viceroy during the reign of King Tutankhamun is to be opened in mid-December at Qurnet Marei on Luxor’s west bank.

According to an article in, Egypt’s largest news organisation and publisher of Al-Ahram, Egypt’s oldest newspaper, after three years of restoration, the tomb of Huy, Nubia Viceroy during the reign of King Tutankhamun, is to be opened to the public for the first time.

The tomb is located at Qurnet Marei on Luxor‘s west bank, and it includes a court and a burial chamber. Continue reading “Tomb of Nubia Viceroy during the reign of King Tutankhamun is to be opened in mid-December at Qurnet Marei on Luxor’s west bank”

Pharaoh rises again 3000 years after fall…

In an news article in The Guardian yesterday it was announced that archaeologists have unveiled a restored statue of Amenhotep III which toppled in an earthquake more than 3000 years ago at Egypt’s “temple city”…Luxor.

Colossi of MemnonBarbara and I have visited the site on several occasions and apparently the statue has been erected at the northern gate of the king’s funerary temple, which already has twin statues of a seated Amenhotep III, known ans the Colossi of Memnon.

The article goes on to say that the 12.9 metre (43ft) statue of the pharaoh, whose reign archaeologists say marked the political and cultural zenith of ancient Egyptian civilisation, and who died about 1,354BC, was unveiled yesterday and stands west of an additional effigy of him erected this March.

Amenhotep III inherited an empire that stretched from the Euphrates to Sudan. The restored statue, showing him striding, wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt and holding a papyrus roll in each hand, weighs 10 tonnes.

You will be able to see the new statue as part of your Nile cruise itinerary when you visit the Valley Of The Kings.


Egyptian System of Writing


There are lots of really fascinating websites about Egypt and particularly Ancient Egypt that I subscribe to and read as often as possible.

One of them is “Egypt IM” which is full of information and fascinating facts. There are also some things that I’m not as interested in but I can skip those easily.

If you subscribe to their email newsletter you will receive details of the latest posts and the latest questions that people from all around the world have asked.

Now you might think “what’s this got to do with taking a Nile cruise?“.

Well, I think it  can only add to the enjoyment that you’ll get from you cruise when you finally arrive in Egypt.

To give you a taste here’s the latest question and answer I received this morning which was about the writing systems of the Ancient Egyptians:


Question by : What are the three systems of writing used by the ancient egyptians?

I have to write a report describing the three systems of writing used by the Ancient Egyptians and how they differ.  Please help and dumb it down a little please!
I’m not in college so dont get too technical. Continue reading “Egyptian System of Writing”