viernes, 29 de enero de 2010

[Amanuense] La ASADE en Facebook

Hola a todos:

Acabamos de crear la página de la Asociación Andaluza de Egiptología (ASADE)
en Facebook. Esperamos que os guste y os resulte útil.
Ésta es la dirección:
(misma URL: )

Nos vemos en Facebook!!!!

M. Teresa Soria Trastoy
e socio y ayuda a crecer a la Asociación Andaluza de Egiptología (ASADE):

Reconstructing the Amarnan Family

We are therefore faced with 3 features not explained by the Hawass
family tree:

  • KV55 cannot be Akhenaten if Ankhesenamun (or one of her sisters) is the mother of the two foetuses found in tomb KV62.

  • There is a very strong probability that Thuya is the ancestress of the foetuses (and KV21A) other than via Amenhotep III.

  • There is a strong probability that Amenhotep III is the great-grandfather of the foetuses (and grandfather of KV21A) not via Tutankhamun.

It should be noted again that we are working with limited data on only 8 alleles, two of which have revealed little information about the foetuses and their mother(s). To some degree any family tree must be tentative; however, I do not believe that the putative family tree presented in the JAMA paper is a good fit for the findings, and certainly not the best fit. Moreover, I propose that a classic chronology does fit the data and we could envisage a family tree as follows in Figure 1. (My apologies, Word is a terrible word processor when it comes to constructing family trees.)

Figure 1: Hypothethical Family Tree

If we identify the KV55 mummy as Smenkhare and assume that Akhenaten remains missing, we can add Akhenaten and Nefertiti into the family tree, while retaining KV55 (Smenkhare) as the father of Tutankhamun as shown by the Hawass team. It’s tempting to consider that KV21B and the Younger Lady are also daughters of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. While not essential for my revised theory, this would neatly fit historical facts. In considering whether the DNA data would fit the revised family tree, it seems appropriate to consider that KV21B and the Younger Lady may also have been daughters of Akhenaten and Nefertiti as this represents the tightest constraint. That is, if the DNA data fits an assumption that these two queens/princesses were also daughters of Akhenaten and Nefertiti then if they aren’t daughters the theory wouldn’t be invalidated.

Table 1, above, shows that it is possible to build a family tree with all these constraints and predict the DNA of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. In the JAMA paper, the Younger Lady is shown as a daughter of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye. Table 1 shows that it is equally possible for her to be a daughter of Akhenaten ie a niece of Amenhotep III. I have written before that the JAMA paper ignored how consanguinity can change the probability of relationships and could wrongly conclude that a particular relationship was proven, when other relationships were possible.

(Note, if any of these constraints are removed, a greater range of possibilities exist for the DNA of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. Conversely, if their mummies are found and DNA extracted, then the findings might eliminate the Younger Lady and or KV21B from consideration as their daughters.)

New Cliff Mission Video

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, February 07, 2010

With many thanks again to Kamil Zachert here is another Cliff Mission video shot by Mr. Dariusz Dudziak in November 2009. This one is 10 minutes long and captivating.

A reminder that there is now a
Cliff Mission FaceBook page. There is some commentary in the video but it is in Polish. If you really wish to follow what is going on, perhaps the best bet is to remind yourself of Kamil's photostream which has English titles for the photos which essentially give you some key points of reference. (


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Niezwykły prezent dla fanów Misji Skalnej w Deir el-Bahari. Autorem całości materiału filmowego jest Pan Dariusz Dudziak, dokumentalista polskiej misji archeologicznej w Egipcie. Materiał pochodzi z listopada 2009 roku. Zainteresowanych przebiegiem badań zespołu prof. Andrzeja Niwińskiego z Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego zachęcamy do odwiedzenia strony internetowej Stowarzyszenia Miłośników Egiptu "Herhor".

Pyramids of Abusir
Pyramids of Abusir

The site of Abusir, from left to right are visible the pyramids of Neferirkare, Niuserre, and Sahure, kings of the 5th Dynasty. During the 5th Dynasty, the cult of the sun god Ra continued to grow in importance, and at least 6 kings constructed sun temples at Abusir. (Photo: SCA)


29° 53' 9.24" N, 31° 12' 58.6008" E


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