Thursday, March 3, 2016

News: Egypt Prepares Put Four Archaological Sites on UNESCO World Heritage List

Kom Al-Dikka, Amphetheatre
The Ministry of Antiquities is preparing files on four archaeological sites in Alexandria and Sinai, to be submitted to UNESCO. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.

The Ministry of Antiquities is preparing the required files to have four archaeological sites in Alexandria and Sinai added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The sites, said Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty, are the Old City of Alexandria, the Ptolemaic Temples in Alexandria, and Al-Gundi and Salaheddin fortresses on Pharaoh Island in Sinai.

Up: The pompey pillar,
Down: Pharaoh Island in Sinai
“Putting these archaeological sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List is a very important step relative to the ministry’s keenness on registering the largest number of Egypt’s archaeological sites possible on the World Heritage List, in an attempt to reach the level of maximum protection that suits their importance and uniqueness,” Eldamaty told Ahram Online

He explained that the sites that would be registered for the Old City of Alexandria include Kom Al-Shuafa, Kom Al-Dikka, the Pompey Pillar and the underwater antiquities in both the eastern harbour and Abuqir.

A collection of Islamic monuments, among them the cistern of Ibn Al-Nabih and the old Alexandria towers, would also be on the documentation list.

Ahmed Ebeid, supervisor for international organisations in the ministry, as well being the responsible for international cooperation issues, told Ahram Online that the ministry’s permanent committee is to meet soon in order to discuss and review the documentation files of the sites before sending them to UNESCO.

He went on saying that the ministry is now organising a number of workshops to trains archaeologists and curators on preparing documentation files for other archaeological sites.

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