Bolton Museum plaining fascimile of the burial chamber Thutmosis III.

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The Bolton Museum in northern England is planning a £1.8m Egyptology wing that will include a life-size facsimile of the burial chamber of King Tuthmosis III. Awarded £115,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012 to update their Egyptian galleries, the museum is now planning to make a bid for a second lottery grant that would allow it to build an entirely new display area above the current museum and library, dedicated to the art and culture of ancient Egypt.

The facsimile tomb was originally commissioned by the Danish company United Exhibits Group for the 2002 touring show “Quest for Immortality”, which included over 200 objects from Bolton Museum’s 12,000-strong collection. Built by the 3-D scanning experts Factum Arte, it is an exact replica of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Tuthmosis III’s burial chamber—down to the damage and aging found on the original, which was first discovered in 1898 in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor. The tomb walls present scenes from the Amduat, the royal “Book of the Dead” that details the sun god’s nightly journey into the afterlife before he is regenerated and rises with the dawn.

The Bolton Museum will submit its grant proposal in August and the Heritage Lottery Fund is expected to make its decision in December. If the bid is approved, the museum would start the redevelopment of the Egyptian galleries in early 2015.

burial chamber of King Tuthmosis III.

burial chamber of King Tuthmosis III

Message from the Nile

  • History of Czech institution of egyptology

    The Czech egyptology founder is Frantisek Lexa, the author of up to now evaluated work about ancient Egypt magic and Demotic grammar. Seminar for egyptology started thanks to him in Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of Charles University in Prague in 1925. Two years later Lexa became the first regular professor of egyptology in then Czechoslovakia.

  • Abusir - outstation of Czech egyptology expedition

    Abusir is an archaeological locality in Egypt named after nearby recent village Abusir. It is situated on western Nile bank on the edge of Libyan tableland approximately 20 kilometers to the south-west of Cairo. The name of this locality is derived from ancient Egypt god Osiris, from Per Usir (Busiris), "(cult) place of Osiris" (Busiris in Greek).

  • Researches in Western desert

    Czech egyptology is successful in researching not only on pyramidal fields in Abusir recently, but also in supporting and organizing smaller expeditions into egyptian Western desert. Czech expedition has been working even in slowly evanescent oasis El-Hajez since 2003, which is situated about 400 km to the south-west from Cairo.

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