News Update

Posted January 9th, 2018 by Dylan and filed in News

Hopefully the site is approaching normality after having been hacked, and much of my material replaced with what looked like a ‘low res’ page from a French dating site!

TALKS

The intense run of talks is now over, and the next scheduled event is a Day School I shall be giving on Royal Ladies of the Egyptian New Kingdom in Plymouth on May 5th. Following that I am speaking at The Ancient World Society in Boston on July 14th (subject tbc), and Northhampton on December 3rd on Great Expeditions to God’s Land & Punt.

TOURS
I am planning an Egyptian Tour Pyramids and Faiyum in March 2019, which is similar to the first group tour I ever organised to Egypt (in 2000). This will be in connection with the launch of my new book The Egyptian Labyrinth and will call at the Heliopolis site (with the obelisk/museum at Mattariya), the Cairo Museums, the Pyramid fields from Giza down to Illahun and Hawara, with particular emphasis on the Middle Kingdom era, and visits to sites in the Faiyum region (again with special emphasis on the Middle Kingdom).
Please contact me direct at: dylan.bickerstaffe@gmail.com if you are interested.

PUBLICATIONS
RECENT publications have included:

As I write, the results of the third set of scans inside the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62) have yet to be released. I have shared the case against the discovery of any hidden chambers being discovered – with the burial of Nefertiti – behind the walls of Tut’s burial chamber, in talks to several societies in the UK, and in papers on Academia.edu: published here as Did Tutankhamun Bury Nefertiti in KV62? (also on Academia.edu also as Iconic Queen Hidden By Golden Pharaoh?, to which I added another (more tongue in cheek) view Tutankhamun and the Burial of Mrs King which showed how Nefertiti might be discovered… Similarly – as someone who has made the most intensive study of the subject – I felt that the publicity surrounding the recent unveiling of the so-called Screaming Mummy (Unknown Man E), which claimed he was Pentewere, the conspirator son who killed his father, King Ramesses III, needed addressing; and so issued I’m not Pentewere Screams Unknown Man E. All of these papers have been viewed by very large numbers of people across the globe.

My most recent publication was a contibution to the Festschrift of Professor Erhart Graefe Some Brief Reflections on Qurnawis and the Abd er Rassul Brothers, which discusses the true character of this robber family, best known for their discovery of the Royal Cache tomb in 1871.

AVAILABLE NOW on Canopus Press
These books are available through this web site, Amazon, and Aboudi’s bookshop opposite the Luxor Temple.
See the BUY BOOKS page for basic details.

An Ancient Egyptian Case Book. The fourteen Case Studies gathered together here examine the evidence behind a range of theories and discoveries. Four cases comprising the Deductions From Discovery section look at the evidence behind four excavations of Amarna Period Material: The Tomb of Akhenaten and The Golden Ring of Nefertiti; The Enigma of KV58; The Mysterious Mr Carter and the Troubling Case of the Lotus Head; KV63, Embalming Caches, and the Clues to Lost Tombs. Tales Told By Enigmatic Mummies gathers together six cases examining in detail the evidence for the identity of Royal Mummies (including questions over assessments of Age at Death, and DNA studies). Ancient True Stories comprises an intensive exploration of the stories behind the documents relating to The Harem Conpiracy Against Ramesses III; Tombrobberies; and the strange circumstances of the Death of Hadrian’s ‘favourite’, Antinous, in the Nile. A final section concerns the true story of The Cursed Play in the Valley of the Queens.

Identifying the Royal Mummies Part 4 of Refugees for Eternity, The Royal Mummies of Thebes; looks at each method used to ascertain the identity of a royal mummy, and then weighs up the evidence for and against each mummy in turn.

FORTHCOMING
THE EGYPTIAN LABYRINTH
My original booklet from 2002/3 updated and greatly expanded, to cover all the expeditions in search of the site; the investigations and excavations; the nature of the labyrinth; and the various attempts at reconstructing this great, lost building. New insights and ideas are added, as is addtional coverage of Lake Moeris and the Faiyum (and other sites) in general, with special emphasis on the Middle Kingdom.

THE ROYAL MUMMIES CACHE
A very thorough discussion of all the evidence relating to the discovery and clearance of this remarkable cache-tomb. The study benefits from the work of the recent clearance of the tomb, including accurate plans and diagrams, illustrations, notes on finds etc.

This will now form Part Two of the Refugees for Eternity series. See details below of Parts One and Three.

A SECOND ANCIENT EGYPTIAN CASE BOOK.
A number of articles which have been previously published, appear here in full/unedited form – often much expanded with new/additional information; and also some which are entirely new. Including: Why Sinuhe Ran Away; Great Expeditions to God’s Land & Punt; Adoption, Inheritance, and Freedom; Strong Man: Wrong Tomb, The Problem of Belzoni’s Sarcophagi; Emile Brugsch and the Royal Mummies at Bulaq; The Death of Three Kings on the Battlefield: Seqenenre Ta’o, Seneb Kay, and Richard III; The Mummy in the Nile; Tales of the Tombs of the Thutmose Three; The Modern History of KV34; The Lost Tomb of Thutmose II – is it intact? Did Tutankhamun Conceal Nefertiti in KV62?; Sun Ra and Egypt; For Whom the Sun Doth Shine – Nefertari Mery en Mut & Isitnofret; The Wadi Hammamet Signalling System; The Throne of Hatshepsut; and more…

Revised plan for REFUGEES FOR ETERNITY: THE ROYAL MUMMIES OF THEBES:

Part 1 – will now cover the discovery of royal tombs up to the first royal cache (1881). This is thus now largely complete, and can, in theory, appear fairly quickly.

Part 2 – (see above) will however be the initial focus of my attention, since this will deal with The Royal Cache of 1881 through to the second Royal Cache in KV35 which is an area of special interest and expertise, on which I have a considerable volume of extremely detailed unpublished material. The subject matter planned for the original volume 3 will be covered in this.

Part 3 – will now cover the discovery of tombs and mummies from after the second royal cache down to the present day. Again this is substantially complete.

Part 4 – Identifying the Royal Mummies has, of course (as noted above), been available since 2009.

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Refugees for Eternity

Posted December 7th, 2009 by admin and filed in Published Works
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The Royal Mummies of Thebes: Their Journeys and Resting Places.

Sections:

Part One. Finding the Pharaohs. Nearing completion. Due end 2009. The discovery of royal tombs and mummies in the modern era.

Part Two. The Rise and Fall of the Theban Royal House and Necropolis. In Progess From the obscure tombs of heroes, to the grand sepulchres of a fallen age.

Part Three. Clues from the Caches. In Progess How and why the caches were created at the end of the New Kingdom. Part Four. Identifying the Pharaohs. Complete. Available early 2009 A thorough evaluation of the methods used and how good they are.

The Heritage of Egypt

Posted January 7th, 2008 by admin and filed in Published Works
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The Heritage of Egypt

This is a new English/Arabic publication with an Egyptian editor.

 ‘The Burial of Hatshepsut’, The Heritage of Egypt 1 (January 2008), 2-12. This article reviews all the evidence for the burial of Hatshepsut, including the recent claims for identification of the one of the mummies from tomb KV60 as the famous female pharaoh. Recent CAT scan evidence provides grounds for speculating that Hatshepsut might have had Thutmose II murdered.  

‘Pharaoh Faseekh’, The Heritage of Egypt 3 (September 2008), 12-14. This relates tales of mummies (one of them a king) passed by customs as dried fish.

 ‘The Tomb of Akhenaten and the Golden Ring of Nefertiti’, The Heritage of Egypt 6. Who was buried in the royal tomb at Amarna, and was anyone buried in the other tombs nearby? Was the desecrated mummy of Akhenaten found outside the royal tomb? What is the significance of jewellery, including a gold ring of Nefertiti, found nearby?

See also Forthcoming Publications.