THE TEMPLE AT ESNA
Restoration of the astronomical ceiling of the Temple of Khnum at Esna.
The Foundation has been funding a seven-year project to clean and restore the astronomical ceiling of the Temple of Khnum at Esna. The work is being undertaken by a team under the joint supervision of Professor Christian Leitz of the University of Tübingen in Germany and Hisham el-Leithy of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. The cleaning and restoration is approximately half-way through. The 2000 years of soot from campfires had preserved the colours underneath very well, and the colours being revealed are clear and bright. Much is also being revealed about ancient Egyptian astronomy. The temple was recently visited by the Egyptian Prime Minister, as a result of the widespread interest in the Esna temple, and the considerable numbers of tourists who have begun to visit the site and stare at its revealed beauty.
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The Age and Purpose of the Pyramids as Indicated by Sirius
by Mahmoud-Bey (Translated by Dr. Tessa Dickinson)
The English translation of a manuscript in the Foundation's archive written in 1862 by Mahmoud-Bey, Astronomer to the Viceroy of Egypt at that time was published on September 15, 2023. On facing pages are scans of the original manuscript. Its title is The Age and Purpose of the Pyramids as Indicated by Sirius. Mahmoud-Bey (Mahmoud Ahmed Hamdi al-Falaki) carried out meticulous studies of the Great Pyramid, which are described in detail in his book. This book, published by Eglantyne Books Limited of London, was subsidised by the Foundation. The translation from the original French is by Dr. Tessa Dickinson.
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