structures for domestic chores, storage, animal housing etc. To the north is the ruined house of Giovanni D’Athanasi, dating to around 1818, the first ‘new’ house on the hills since the Copts, which was of great importance to the early history of excavation, recording and, yes, plunder also, of the Theban Necropolis. The ‘Friends of Qurna Discovery’ has been set up to support the work for the zawia, house and bab el-hagar and to maintain the exhibitions. The Yanni House will be an independent project of another group. The photo. above left shows villager Hagg Adli, then aged ninety-seven, looking at a picture of Robert Hay, a friend of his grandfather, who visited Egypt in the 1820s and 30s.
The photo. above right shows how splendid the house looks after restoration. This is the Daramalli family house, photographed in September this year. Since 2001, ‘Qurna Discovery’ has been open free for all to visit, and this will continue. It has always relied on the generosity of the public, and it is appealing again for your help and support. Please give a donation to help display Qurna and its heritage – send it to ‘Friends of Qurna Discovery’, Secretary Caroline Simpson, 9 Whittington Road, London, N22 8YS; email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or see: www.qurna.org
Coming in future issues of ANCIENTEGYPT
– The Work of the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at the University of Manchester Students from the Centre explain their work and different aspects of their research, which is revealing much about how the ancient Egyptians lived and died.
– The Royal Crowns of Egypt and Tutankhamun AE looks at the royal crowns as they appear on the ushabti figures and statues from the Tomb of Tutankhamun.
– New Work at Amarna Barry Kemp, Director of the Amarna Trust, begins a series of articles on recent work at this important site, which is revealing details of life in the city of Akhenaten and Nefertiti.
– New Discoveries at Abusir. Miroslav Vernerwrites about the work of the Czech team who have been working for many years at this important Old Kingdom site.
– The Dakhleh Oasis Project Continuing a series of articles on work in the Dakhleh Oasis: the results of many seasons of excavations and what they can tell us about life in the oasis in ancient times.
– News from Egypt Our extended and popular News from Egypt, with the latest reports on discoveries in Egypt and news from around the country.
And, of course, all our Regular Features: Book Reviews – News of Egyptological Meetings and Events around the country – a list of the many Egyptology Societies in the UK and abroad – PerMesut – etc.
ANCIENTEGYPTDecember 2007/January 2008