cultures. "Why are we still so fascinated with pyramids and pharaohs? What calls millions of people every year to visit the Egypt?" Her latest book, Goddesses for Every Day: Exploring the Wisdom & Power of the Divine Feminine Around the World, won two national book awards. Every year she takes a group on a lecture tour of Egypt.
Pharaoh's Mummy to Return Home. (Summary, Daily Sentinel, March 12, 2010) The DNA tests that revealed how King Tut most likely died solved another ancient mystery -- the fate of con- troversial Pharaoh Akhenaten's mummy. The discovery could help fill out the picture of an era more than 3,300 years ago when Akhenaten embarked on history's first attempt at monotheism. During his 17-year rule, Akhenaten sought to overturn more than a millennium of Egyptian religion and art to establish the worship of a single sun god. In the end, his bold experiment failed, and he was eventually succeeded by his son, Tutankhamun, who rolled back his reforms and restored the old religion. No one ever knew what became of the pharaoh, whose tomb in the capital he built at Amarna was unfinished and whose name was stricken from the official list of kings. Two years of DNA testing and CAT scans on 16 royal mummies conducted by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, gave the firmest evidence to date that an unidentified mummy -- known as KV55, after the number of the tomb where it was found in 1907 in Egypt's Valley of the Kings -- is Akhenaten's. The testing established that KV55 was the father of King Tut and the son of the Pharaoh Amen- hotep III, a lineage that matches Akhenaten's, according to inscriptions. KV55 had long been assumed to be too young to be Akhenaten, who was estimated to be in his 40s at the time of his death -- but the testing also established the mummy'c correct age, matching the estimates for Akhenaten. Experts are planning more tests to uncover further details about Akhenaten's royal family. This new attention could give a push to a planned new Akhenaten museum that will showcase his mummy near Amarna, his capital midway down the Nile in what is now the province of Minya, 135 miles south of Cairo. In one discovery, the testing established that another unidentified mummy was Akhenaten's sister, that he fathered Tutankhamun with her and that she appears to have died from violence with blows to her face and head. Still elusive is Nefertiti, the chief wife of Akhenaten famed for her beauty.
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resumption of the PAAC lab project at the Lowry facility in east Denver, where analysis of old CHS collections will take place. Volunteers interested in participating in the December dates for the lab should contact me by November 17 (or by December 20 for the January dates), and should be pre- pared to attend for a minimum of two days. Both weekday and weekend sessions are scheduled; lab times are 8:30am to 4:30 pm. Many of the dates, particularly in January, are on consecutive days to help those coming in from towns distant from Denver.
The next schedule of PAAC courses covering the first half of 2011 is on the horizon, and Local PAAC Coordinators can expect to see the usual questionnaire later this month requesting their input on the course offering in their area. As always, to allow for timely publicity on courses to be held early in the new year, it would be very helpful if I receive a response from each chapter or group by late November at the latest. Any chapter which offers to host the next CAS quarterly meeting in January 2011 will have the opportunity to have two PAAC courses on the next schedule, as I am al- ways willing to teach the one-day version of the Introduction to Archaeology, CAS, and PAAC course on the Sunday after the quarterly meeting.
Lastly, because of my interim role as state archaeologist, I expect my workload to increase by an unknown degree. The timeliness of my responses to your inquiries may suffer a bit as a result, but I will do my best to keep up with my in boxes. Please be patient these next few months until the new state archaeologist has taken the reins.