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From our Egypt Correspondent Ayman Wahby Taher with the latest news and discoveries from around Egypt.10


Where we are with Amarna Barry Kempanticipates a series of articles on Amarna that will appear in AE next year.


The Gayer Anderson Cat Neal Spencerreveals the secrets of one of the British Museum’s best known Egyptian antiquities.

Meeting the Boy King Charlotte Booth looks at some of the objects from the Tomb of Tutankhamun and what they tell us about the life of the young king.25

30The Real Cleopatra’s Needle Stephanie Roberts tells the story of how an obelisk from Philae ended up in the gardens of a stately home in Dorset. Plusnews of some re-discovered ostraca.

38The Mosque in Luxor Temple Ayman Wahby Taherdescribes the uncovering of important ancient reliefs, dating to Rameses II, within the Mosque. Plusnews from Qurna.

Maat: An Ancient Morality Check Beth Asburyrelates how Maat was the fundamental force that held the universe together and reflected the ancient Egyptians’ sense of right and wrong. 46

An Egyptianising Elephant House visited in Antwerp byPeter Phillips. 50

Per Mesut : for younger readers In this edition, Hilary Wilson looks at colour.54


From the Editor

Maps of Egypt and Timeline

Bits and Pieces


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Readers Letters


Subscribers’ Competition Winners 55

Subscribe/Back Issues

Book Reviews

Egyptology Society Details

Events Diary









December 2007/January 2008 VOLUME8, NO3: ISSUENO. 45

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