Egypt Archive

Giza’s Wall of Crows

Feature Articles –   Giza’s Wall of Crows Giza boasts the biggest ancient sculpture, the Sphinx, and the last surviving wonder of the world, the Great Pyramid. But the biggest man-hewn stone is not to be found in either of them. An impressive stone worked into a wall, situated off the beaten track, weighs an estimated three hundred tons. by Philip Coppens West of the Sphinx …

On the wings of a kite

Feature Articles –   On the wings of a kite How were the pyramids built? How were obelisks erected? A new theory from a group of American amateur kite enthusiasts has provided new inroads in trying to answer this mystery. by Philip Coppens Millions of words have been written on how the pyramids and obelisks of ancient Egypt were erected. The problem is a specifically intriguing …

Karnak: The largest temple on Earth

Feature Articles –   Karnak: The largest temple on Earth The religious complex of Karnak, in Luxor, is the largest ancient religious site in the world. It was the Vatican of its day – and four millennia after its heydays, continues to dwarf all other religious buildings. Here, we are confronted with the reason what has made Egypt so enchanting. by Philip Coppens The word “amen” …

The Labyrinthine Search

Feature Articles –   The Labyrinthine Search Destroyed for some, intact and waiting to be discovered for others, the labyrinth of Hawara was one of ancient Egypt’s greatest achievements, on par, if not surpassing, the fame of the pyramids. by Philip Coppens Is this the site of a destroyed or lost labyrinth? For centuries, stories have been told about the height of the pyramids and the …

The Egyptologist, the Sphinx and the cover-up

Feature Articles –   The Egyptologist, the Sphinx and the cover-up The clampdown on excavations at many archaeological sites in Egypt and the inconsistent attitudes of antiquities supremo Dr Zahi Hawass on the existence of tunnels and cavities within the Giza Plateau suggest a hidden agenda is being played out. by Philip Coppens Ten years ago, three books—Giza: The Truth (by Chris Ogilvie-Herald and Ian Lawton), …

A New Future for Egyptology

Feature Articles –   A New Future for Egyptology A year after the Egyptian Revolution, what is the state of Egyptology? And how has the former head of Egyptian Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, to life without political and scientific power? by Philip Coppens For more than a decade, Egyptology was dominated by Dr Zahi Hawass, in charge of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Farouk Hosni, the Minister …

Heliopolis: Egypt’s radiance

Feature Articles –   Heliopolis: Egypt’s radiance Heliopolis was ancient Egypt’s most magnificent temple. Today, nothing remains, its stones dispersed over various buildings of medieval Cairo. Equally, its true importance lies scattered in various ancient accounts, from Diodorus Siculus, Plato, and many others. by Philip Coppens It is said that those who fly too close to the sun, get burned. In the case of the priests …

Down into the Giza underground

Feature Articles –   Down into the Giza underground A vast network of caves and tunnels is believed to exist within the Giza Plateau, but so far the Egyptian authorities have refused to give credence to the idea or conduct scientific explorations. by Philip Coppens Facade of the Tomb of the Birds The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only surviving wonder of the ancient world. …

The Feather of Life Program – UNVEILING THE WISDOM OF ANCIENT EGYPT

The Feather of Life Program                            UNVEILING THE WISDOM OF ANCIENT EGYPT We hunger to know the meaning of life: – What comes after death? – Why are we here? – Where do we come from? We intuitively know that some of our ancestors knew the answers to these big questions. And one of the go-to places is Ancient Egypt. The Feather of Life …

The Last Pharaoh & His Vizier

Feature Articles –   The Last Pharaoh & His Vizier With the removal of President Mubarak, Egypt has entered a new era. It is clear that this was a very profound event for Mankind – the entire world was spellbound by it – even with a new freedom will exist for Egyptology, when Zahi Hawass, surrounded by allegations of extra-ordinary nepotism and corruption, eventually had to …