Den engelsksprogede version af den ægyptiske avis Al-Ahram (= Pyramiderne) udgiver en ugentlig netversion, som har en side, der omhandler ‘Heritage’. Det vil sige noget om Ægyptens arv, de faraoniske perioder eller senere. De skrives ofte af Nevine El-Aref, og i den seneste version fra 10-16. jan. var det om udgravningerne foran Karnak-templet, som tidligere omtalt her på bloggen. Her er der bl.a. også fundet et cirkulært ptolemæisk ceremonielt badeanlæg med mosaikgulv og 16 siddepladser, hvoraf nogle var flankeret af delfiner:

Pt. bad Karnak

Derudover omtales naturligvis også de ramper og havneanlæg, som er vist her tidligere med John Yardys billeder:

“…. a massive sandstone embankment wall built some 3,000 years ago to reinforce the bank of the river, which has since moved. This is the first evidence that the Nile once ran alongside the temple. …”

“The embankment is directed northwest/southeast, and thus far the excavations have revealed that it has been preserved at a height of more than 3.5 m for a length of nearly 15 m. It continues to the south under the road and to the north underneath a mosque. This portion is connected to the landing quay preserved in front of the first pylon. The wall has generally been interpreted as the eastern limit of a huge lake dug in front of the sanctuary and linked to the river by a channel.” …

“Archaeologists now believe that the pool depicted in ancient drawings [i Neferhoteps grav fra 18.dyn, TT49] was backfilled in antiquity and that the temple was expanded on top of it, built out to the edge of where the Nile flowed 3,000 years ago.” …

Neferhotep TT49

“The new theory has been backed by tests of the sediment at the base of the embankment wall, which show alternating levels of silt and sand that suggest running water once flowed there. Based on cartouches and other inscriptions found on the wall, experts believe that construction began in the 22nd Dynasty and was completed by the middle of the fourth century BC.” …

“Boriak explained that a number of fragments of ceramic material from the 25th and 26th dynasties found in the foundations helped to date the construction.) …”

Karnak tribune NR
Tidligere rekonstruktion af kajanlægget i Ny Rige (E. Blyth, Karnak, 2006, Fig. 8.2)

En anden artikel i Al-Ahram Weekly omkring Nytår handlede om årets fund 2007. Her blev bl.a. Henus grav i el Bersha fremhævet sammen med den påståede identifikation af Hatshepsuts mumie (se Kim Ryholts artikel i det seneste nummer af Papyrus):

Hatshepsut?