"Who would have thought a few months ago that at 10 meters underground there would appear a structure such as this, surpassing in grandeur the most colossal Cyclopean edifices?
What a strange country this Egypt is! We were beginning to beheve that we had found all the great structures and that nothing more remained to be discovered.
Who can say that this region does not conceal beneath the ground some majestic work of the most ancient Egyptians that may bring surprises as astonishing as those of Abydos?"
Expedition to Turkey. May 2018. Archeological Museum of Sanliurfa
The city of Shanliurfa is located in southeastern Anatolia. It is about 35 km from the Turkish-Syrian border and in 75 km to the east of the Euphrates River. The ancient city of Harran, mentioned in the Bible, is located not far from Shanliurfa. According to the local legends, the biblical Patriarch Abraham lived there a certain part of his life. The Harran city has many places, associated with Abraham (or Ibrahimi, according to the Islamic tradition): the cave where the Prophet was born, as well as the place, where the cruel ruler Nimrod ordered to throw Ibrahim into the fire.
Expedition to Egypt. April 2018. LUXOR: Red Chapel of Hatshepsut
The Red Chapel of Hatshepsut or the Chapelle Rouge was originally constructed as a Barque Shrine during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut. She was the fifth Pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt and ruled from ~ 1479 to 1458 BC. The exact original location of the building is unknown, because it was completely destroyed during the XVIIIth Dynasty. Fragments of it were used by Amenhotep III as a building material for the III Pylon of Karnak.
Expedition to Egypt. April 2018. LUXOR: White Chapel of Senusret I
The so-called "White Chapel" is a small limestone pavilion, built about 4,000 years ago in Thebes, during the reign of Senusret I - King of the XII Dynasty to commemorate the first anniversary of the Sed Festival in honor of the 30th year of the King's reign. The exact original location of the building is unknown, because it was completely destroyed during the XVIIIth Dynasty. Fragments of it were used by Amenhotep III as a building material for the III Pilon of Karnak.
Expedition to Egypt. April 2018. Luxor Museum of Ancient Egyptian Art
Luxor Museum of Ancient Egyptian Art is a two-story building in a picturesque area of the city, on the eastern bank of the Nile.
All the artifacts, exhibited in the Luxor Museum were discovered here, on the territory of Upper Egypt. The collection of the museum and high quality of its presentation allows visitor to "travel back in time" for a few thousand years ago - mostly into the the New Kingdom, the time of prosperity of Thebes as well as the whole Egypt.
Expedition to Turkey. May 2018. Neolithic complex of Göbekli Tepe
The archaeological complex of Göbekli Tepe, located in Turkey, gradually obtains the increasing worldwide popularity. The location of this ancient complex was known among the archaeologists since the 1960s, however, the Turkish government did not allow any excavations in it for a long time. First systematic large-scale studies of the site have begun scince 1994, directed by Klaus Schmidt from the German Archaeological Institute. The results, without exaggeration, were amazing!
Expedition to Egypt. April 2018. Valley of the Nobles. The Tomb of Amenemopet (TT-41)
The Tomb of Amenemopet (TT-41), is located on the west bank of the Nile opposite to the modern city of Luxor in the Theban Necropolis in the Valley of the Nobles. Amenemopet lived in the period of the XIX Dynasty during the reign of Ramesses I, Seti I and Ramses II and was the Chief Administrator of Amun in the Southern City, the Supervisor of the granaries of the North and South and the Chief Prophet of Min and Isis.
Expedition to Egypt. April 2018.
Naqada. Layer Step Pyramid ofNubt.
The pyramid was probably the oldest work that we examined.
We have then no proof of the age of this pyramid, or rather, cumulative mastaba;
but from the rudeness of the pit, and the complete absence of all trace of tools,
it seems as if it belonged to the premetallic age.