After 3,500 years, an Egyptian goldsmith gives up his secrets

An Egyptian archaeologist restoring a wooden sacrophagus at a newly-uncovered ancient tomb in Luxor. (AFP)
Updated 09 September 2017

After 3,500 years, an Egyptian goldsmith gives up his secrets

CAIRO: Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered a tomb in the city of Luxor belonging to a royal goldsmith who lived more than 3,500 years ago.
The tomb on the West Bank of the Nile River dates from the 18th Dynasty and belongs to Amenemhat, a goldsmith dedicated to the ancient god Amun-Re.
The site consists of a courtyard and niche where archaeologists found a statue of Amenemhat, his wife and their son, as well as two burial shafts.
The first shaft contains a collection of mummies, sarcophagi and funeral masks and figurines. The second shaft contained mummies from the 21st and 22nd Dynasties, about 3,000 years ago.
The discovery was made by an Egyptian archaeological mission led by Mostafa Waziri, head of Luxor Antiquities.
“The ministry promised that 2017 would be the year of excavations, and that’s what we are doing,” he told Arab News.
The statue shows Amenemhat sitting on a high-backed chair beside his wife, who is wearing a long dress and wig. Between them is the small figure of one of their sons.
In the open courtyard, the mummies of a woman and her two children were also unearthed.
During the excavation, the archaeologists found several jewelry and funeral objects, some of which belong to the tomb owner, Waziri added.
The latest discovery came after six years of excavation, and Waziri said there was more to discover in the necropolis area on Luxor’s west bank.
Saturday’s announcement will boost Egypt’s slowly recovering tourism industry by attracting tourists to explore the newly found ancient relics.
Dr. Yousef Khalifa, Egypt’s former head of antiquities, told Arab News: “Luxor alone has one-third of the world’s ancient monuments and visitors will enjoy exploring the the newly found ancient Egyptian relics.
“The museum there works on presenting and renewing its display for visitors who appreciate such finds.”


Florida offers drive-through Botox to quarantined residents

Updated 04 June 2020

Florida offers drive-through Botox to quarantined residents

  • US state allowed a partial relaxing of restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus pandemic
  • Elective medical procedures resume, including Botox injections and cosmetic surgery

MIAMI: Quarantined Florida residents worried about their laughter lines and crows’ feet need frown no longer — Botox is back, and it’s being offered at a drive-through.
On May 4, the US state allowed a partial relaxing of restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus pandemic. That means certain elective medical procedures could resume, including Botox injections and cosmetic surgery.
Michael Salzhauer, a plastic surgeon known as ‘Dr. Miami’ who has also starred in a reality television show, has been conducting drive-through Botox injections in the garage of his building in the posh Miami neighborhood of Bal Harbor.
Salzhauer said the idea struck him as he was sitting in his car waiting for a blood test for COVID-19 antibodies.
“The areas that we inject Botox are the upper face, exactly the parts of the face that aren’t covered by the mask so it’s really ideal,” Salzhauer said, while wearing a mask, face shield and surgical gown as he waited for his next drive-up patient.
Patients sign up online, paying an average of $600 each for a stippling of shots across their foreheads.
Arman Ohevshalom, 36, was enthusiastic as he waited in line with his wife in their car, although it was their first time receiving the injections.
“It’s very creative, and after seeing how they’re running it I feel just as comfortable as I would in the office,” he said.
Florida’s tattoo artists, however, are frustrated. Shuttered since March, they asking why they cannot open, too.
Botox injections are “kind of like tattooing, he’s injecting stuff into the skin,” said tattoo shop owner Chico Cortez. Florida is home to about 10,000 working tattoo artists, according to the Florida Professional Tattoo Artist Guild.
An emailed statement from a Miami-Dade County spokesperson said Mayor Carlos Gimenez has yet to set a date for reopening tattoo shops. “He is working with industry members and the medical experts to come up with the best way to reopen safely,” it said.