Ancient Egypt Magazine 134

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Warrior Tutankhamun: fragile pharaoh no more In this special anniversary issue celebrating a hundred years since the discovery of KV62, we begin with new evidence that Bob Brier believes will change how we view Egypt’s most famous pharaoh.


Daughters of the Nile Coinciding with the centenary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, a major exhibition Daughters of the Nile: women and society in ancient Egypt opens in Madrid (Spain). Its…
Hilary Wilson on… fish in ancient Egypt In this issue HW looks at how this major source of protein was shared among the ancient Egyptian population, and asks, “Who ate all the fish?”
Medicine and healing practices in ancient Egypt Rosalie David and Roger Forshaw present a new perspective on healthcare in ancient Egypt.
In Carter’s footsteps: a legacy in epigraphy Tutankhamun and Howard Carter: two men whose lives are separated by more than three thousand years, but now and forever intertwined in the annals of history. The discovery of the…
The First Resurrection of Tutankhamun Continuing our 100th anniversary celebration of the finding of the tomb of Tutankhamun, Aidan Dodson looks at the ‘prehistory’ of the king, and how early scholars pieced together the evidence…


Sarcophagus of Ramesses II’s Treasurer uncovered at Saqqara Following the discovery of the tomb of Ramesses II’s Treasurer Ptahemwia at Saqqara, the Egyptian team has now uncovered his pink granite sarcophagus in the main burial chamber.
Nile branch key to construction of Giza pyramids The study suggests that the existence of a Nile branch during the Old Kingdom allowed the Egyptians to transport heavy stone blocks by water close to where these monuments were…
Archaeologists find ancient Egyptian cheese The remains of a white cheese were found in pottery vessels unearthed at Saqqara
Ptolemaic tomb discovered at Akhmim The rock-cut tomb consists of the remains of a mud brick courtyard, with a descending staircase leading to two rooms.
Does a hidden door in Tutankhamun’s tomb lead to Nefertiti? Nicholas Reeves claims the north wall of KV62 originally depicted Tutankhamun burying Nefertiti and was later overpainted to show Ay burying Tutankhamun.
Shrine containing headless falcons found at Berenike The discovery dates to the Late Roman Period when the city was occupied by a nomadic people known as the Blemmyes,
First ever ancient DNA extracted from canopic jars The team analysed the contents of 90 jars from eight European museums
New discoveries at Roman Period Temple of Esna An Egyptian team has discovered a cache containing a number of coins from different historical eras


Ancient Egypt 134 Letters Letters Your thoughts on issues raised by the magazine, plus what’s coming up in future issues. Email the Editor: with your comments.
Ancient Egypt Exhibitions – Winter 2022 to Spring 2023 Museum, What's on Exhibitions and events on ancient Egypt from around the world.
Tutankhamun’s canopic coffin Objects A detailed look at one of four coffinettes which held the king's mummified organs.
A Late Period cartonnage from Lahun Objects In each issue of Ancient Egypt magazine, Dr Campbell Price describes a key artefact from Egyptology collections around the world. His choice for AE 134 is from the internationally important…
Milestones in Egyptology: the discovery and clearance of KV62, the tomb of Tutankhamun The Picture Desk Howard Carter’s long search in the Valley of the Kings is rewarded.


Tutankhamun – Pharaoh, Icon, Enigma: Lost for Three Thousand Years, Misunderstood for a Century by Prof. Joyce Tyldesley.Headline, 2022ISBN 978-1-472-28984-1Hardback, £22. Do we need another book on Tutankhamun? The author herself has already published two Tutankhamun-focused works – the 2012 Tutankhamen’s Curse (reviewed in…
Ancient Egypt Exhibitions – Winter 2022 to Spring 2023 Exhibitions and events on ancient Egypt from around the world.
Iron from Tutankhamun’s Tomb by Katja Broschat et al.AUC, 2022ISBN 978-1-617-97997-2Hardback, £29.95. This is a lavish production from American University in Cairo Press, though at 62 pages long it is a rather slim volume.…
Tutankhamun, King of Egypt: His Life and Afterlife by Aidan Dodson.AUC, 2022ISBN 978-1-6490-3161-7Hardback, £29.95. Aidan Dodson continues his pharaonic series with a volume on Tutankhamun “offered unapologetically” as an addition to the numerous books released or reprinted in…
The Story of Tutankhamun: An Intimate Life of the Boy Who Became King by Garry J. Shaw.Yale University Press, 2022ISBN 978-0-300-26743-3Hardback, £16.99. So much has been written about Tutankhamun and his tomb since its discovery that it is an achievement for any writer…
Tutankhamun and the Tomb that Changed the World by Bob Brier.Oxford University Press, 2022ISBN 978-0-1976-3505-6Hardback, £21.99. The present volume is a reminder of how writing (rather than just the theories) about Tutankhamun has in some ways changed quite…
The Complete Tutankhamun: 100 Years of Discovery by Nicholas Reeves.Thames & Hudson, 2022ISBN 978-0-5000-5216-7Hardback, £40. Who does not have a copy of the 1990 The Complete Tutankhamun on their bookshelves? This new, expanded, centenary edition follows the…

From the editor

Tutankhamun! It is the name of a pharaoh who has become famous throughout the world, and yet who died before he could achieve his true potential and was buried in a tomb much smaller than that of his predecessors. The fabulous treasures found with him illustrate the incredible opulence of life in the Egyptian court 3,500 years ago and the amazing skill of the ancient craftsmen. They continue to exercise a fascination that remains undimmed to the present day.

Throughout 2022, Ancient Egypt magazine has been running a series of articles in celebration of the centenary of the discovery of the young pharaoh’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. In this issue, which coincides with the actual date of the discovery in November 1922, we feature articles that cover some of the less well-known aspects of the Tutankhamun story. Bob Brier refutes the idea that the pharaoh was a sickly youth, Aidan Dodson investigates some of the strange theories propounded by early Egyptologists as to the identity of a royal individual about whom only the name was known, and Carl Graves explains how Howard Carter’s training as an epigrapher made him ideally suited for the task of investigating the greatest Egyptological discovery of all time. We also review a few of the many books published this year around the subject of Tutankhamun. On the cover you will see one of Tutankhamun’s canopic coffins, which were made of solid gold.

Long-term subscribers to Ancient Egypt will notice a few changes to the magazine. The reason is quite simple – we have a new publisher: Current Publishing. Some regular readers may already be familiar with their other magazines, Current Archaeology and Minerva, and we are excited to join their company producing high-quality, specialist, and accessible magazines. Our sincere thanks go to our previous publisher, John Ireland, and his team at Empire Publishing, without whose support the magazine could not have flourished as it has over the past 22 years.

Not everything is changing. Sarah Griffiths and I continue as editors and you will find your favourite, regular contributors here, including Hilary Wilson with an article on fish, and Campbell Price, who will be featuring key artefacts from collections around the world, beginning with a cartonnage from the Manchester Museum. The new larger format allows us to display to best effect the photographs that are such an important part of our articles. We hope that you enjoy the new-look magazine.