Tuesday, May 31, 2016

iCruise Egypt - Vol. 27: Swiss Inn Nile Cruiser Radamis I - 5* Superior River Cruiser

Playing the calm waters between Aswan and Luxor on the world's longest river, the vessel sails through the pages of history. 

Visit the wonders of Aswan and Luxor; the largest open-air museum on earth, on the Nile side, the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo and the temple of Philae accompanied by expert guides that bring the ancient rulers to life.

The cruise ship offers a total of 65 well-appointed deluxe cabins of approximately 20 square metres, including 4 family cabins and 4 deluxe suites of approximately 28 square metres. All the cabins offer air-conditioning with individual temperature controls and benefit from a panoramic wall-to-wall window.

The spacious bathroom is fully equipped with a bathtub, hairdryer and shaving sockets for 220V power supply. Also featured is a colour television, an in-house video channel and music channel, Wifi for all cabins. Non-smoking cabins are available on request.

Orangerie Restaurant offers International cuisine and local delights. The Sun Deck Bar is the ideal place to enjoy a drink and a snack also the venue for delicious barbecues.

The Lounge with its warm colours and the flair of the big ocean cruisers, is the ideal location for small gatherings, reading or a game of backgammon. Aida Disco/Lounge, where the resident DJ makes this one of the best known venues on the Nile to dance the night away.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Short Story: Sunken Cities Come to London

The beauty of Egypt’s submerged ancient cities has been resurrected in London at an exhibition at the British Museum, reports Nevine El-Aref.

Despite the heavy rain that hit the British capital this week, Britons with umbrellas were queuing outside the classical portico of the British Museum to enter this summer’s blockbuster exhibition, “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds,” which opened last week following its successful premiere in Paris.

For the next six months, Britons will be able to take a virtual dive to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea and explore the lost treasures of ancient Egypt.

The remarkable finds on show in the exhibition point to the importance of the three lost cities from which they come, which in antiquity were centres of business, science, culture and religion. Here, influences from Mesopotamia, ancient Greece and Rome mingled with the age-old culture of the pharaohs, from which emerged a new way of life that left an enduring mark on the religious and cultural landscape of Egypt.

The exhibition displays artefacts from the legendary lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus and from the submerged part of the ancient port of Alexandria. The two cities disappeared when they were submerged by an earthquake or other natural disaster which caused the seabed to subside in antiquity.

The aura of the Mediterranean is everywhere apparent in the spacious galleries of the British Museum in the exhibition. Waves echo on the audio system, and the sparkling black floors seem to reflect the seabed, with audio technology and visual effects being used to give something of the ambiance from which the antiquities were retrieved and the stages of their underwater excavation.

Enormous colossi are shown against dark green walls or on dark blue or warm red bases, while smaller artefacts are displayed inside fine glass showcases lying on black granite bases. Giant plasma screens showing films documenting the progress of the marine archaeologists as they uncovered the mysteries of Egypt’s sunken cities are placed in each gallery of the exhibition. A prologue and an epilogue provide information about the underwater missions of the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine (IEASM) and the natural disasters that led to the submergence of the area more than 1,500 years ago.

Visitors to the exhibition are taken on an imaginary voyage through time and space back to the Ptolemaic, Byzantine, Coptic and early Islamic eras of Egypt, when the cities were main commercial centres of the country. To enhance the atmosphere, a gigantic statue of the Nile god Hapy has been erected at the entrance of the exhibition galleries, greeting visitors much as it did when it stood in antiquity at the front gate of the temple of the god Amun-Gereb as an impressive sight for visitors to Thonis-Heracleion.

During the official inauguration of the exhibition, Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Enani highlighted the strong friendship and collaboration between Egypt and Britain in the fields of archaeology and museology, which started as early as the 1880s when the Egyptologist Flinders Petrie discovered a collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in Naukratis in the Delta and at other archaeological sites.

Al-Enani said that the ministry was keen on strengthening all kinds of cooperation with international scientific and archaeological institutions in protecting and promoting Egypt’s heritage. He invited Egyptian antiquities lovers to come to Egypt to enjoy and admire more monuments and archaeological sites.

“It’s hugely exciting to be announcing the British Museum’s first large-scale exhibition of underwater discoveries and to be welcoming these important loans to London,” said Sir Richard Lambert, chair of the British Museum. “As well as looking for partners to invest in the economy, Egypt is always searching for partners to help in exploring its heritage and the treasures which are still hidden under its lands and waters,” said Nasser Kamel, Egypt’s ambassador to the United Kingdom.

He continued by saying that the exhibition showed that despite what we know of its tremendous history and culture, Egypt has a lot more to offer the world. “We thank our partners in the UK, such as BP, for working with us in utilising our resources to develop our economy and through such an exhibition unravel our history as well,” Kamel said, inviting the people of Britain to visit the exhibition to get a glimpse of what Egypt has to offer and then to come to Egypt itself to relive that experience.

BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley said the company was proud to support a fascinating exhibition that showcases the power of science and the pioneering spirit to discover what lies beneath the waters. “By sharing these underwater treasures, the British Museum is opening a whole new frontier for visitors to explore, and we are pleased to be a part of that,” Dudley commented.

IEASM President Franck Goddio said he was delighted that the exhibition with its discoveries from his underwater archaeological expeditions off the coast of Egypt was on display at the British Museum, a fact that had enabled him and his team to share with the public the results of years of work at the sunken cities and their fascination for ancient worlds and civilisations.

“Placing our discoveries alongside selected masterpieces from the collections of Egyptian museums, complemented by important objects from the British Museum, the exhibition presents unique insights into a fascinating period in history during which Egyptians and Greeks encountered each other on the shores of the Mediterranean,” Goddio commented.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Re-Openning, Sakkara: 4,300 Year-Old Unas Pyramid Opens to Public After 2-Decade Renovation

 Pyramids Texts carved at the walls of the 4,300 year old Pyramid of Pharaoh 
Unas at Sakkara, The Antiquities Ministry Facebook Page
CAIRO: The pyramid of the fifth Dynasty Pharaoh Unas was opened to public Friday after two decades of renovation, the antiquities Ministry announced in a statement.

The opening ceremony of the 4,300 year old pyramid complex, which is located a few meters to the south of the Step Pyramid in Sakkara, was attended by Antiquities Minister Khaled al Anany and delegations of foreign archaeological institutes in Egypt.

“Despite its small size, it is considered one of the most important Egyptian pyramids because it is the first burial to contain carvings known by modern historians as ‘the Pyramids Texts,’” said Anany.

“The Pyramids Texts feature a collection of ancient Egyptian religious texts carved on the walls of royal burials for the purpose of protecting the pharaoh’s remains, reanimating his body after death, and helping him ascend to the heavens, which are the emphasis of the afterlife in the ancient Egyptian mythology,” archaeologist Sherif el Sabban told The Cairo Post Friday.

In doing so, Unas initiated a tradition that was followed in the royal pyramids to the 8th Dynasty and until the end of the Old Kingdom circa 200 years later, al Sabban added.

French Egyptologist Gaston Maspero was the first to have an access into the pyramid in 1881 but the pyramid was closed in 1996 as humidity has negatively affected its burial chamber, according to the antiquities ministry statement.

The minister also inaugurated three tombs after their renovation work has been completed. The Mastaba of Ankhmahor; a vizier under the reign of the six Dynasty Pharaoh Teti (2345B.C.02333B.C.), in addition to the tomb of Nefer-Seshem-Ptah were among the tombs opened to public.
Source: The Cairo Post - By/ Rany Mostafa

Saturday, May 28, 2016

News, Giza: Artifacts on the Move from San Al-Haggar Museum to New Giza Museum

Ushabti figurines
A collection of a hundred ancient Egyptian artifacts is to arrive to the Grand Egyptian Museum on the Giza plateau. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.

Curators from the Grand Egyptian Museum on Friday restored and packaged artefacts at San Al-Haggar museum in the Tel Basta archaeological site in the Delta in order to transport them to the as-yet-unopened museum in Cairo.

Eissa Zidan, head of the restoration department at the new museum, told Ahram Online that the artefacts include objects from different eras of ancient Egyptian history. 

Carttonage mummy mask & A sphinx statue
Among the most important are a limestone relief depicting a supervisor of royal war chariots named Hasnefermerptah and his wife, as well as a collection of late period sphinxes, the sarcophagus of a priest of Sobek and limestone statues from the Middle Kingdom.

A number of Graeco-Roman limestone heads area also among the batch, as well as pieces of mummy masks made from cartonnage.

The objects were packed in order to be transported to the new museum early next week, where they will be subjected to restoration and added to the permanent displays.
Source: Ahram Online

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Short Story: Honours for Luxor

Four New Kingdom tombs at Deir Al-Medina have been opened in Luxor, chosen as the International Tourism Capital for 2016, reports Nevine El-Aref.

Luxor, the ancient city of Thebes, the capital of Egypt during the ancient New Kingdom and the glorious city of Amun, is thriving today. Four New Kingdom tombs were inaugurated on Friday on the west bank of the Nile after restoration. It coincided with the 103rd meeting of the executive council of the UN World Tourism Organisation, held in Malaga in Spain last week, where Luxor was designated as the 2016 Capital of International Tourism.

The city was selected by the 50 countries of the council to host the organisation’s 104th meeting, planned to take place at the end of October. Luxor will also host the Fifth Summit on City Tourism from 1-3 November, which observers expect will be attended by even more participants than those who attended the Malaga meeting.

The 103rd session saw the participation of more than 50 countries and representatives from over 500 travel agencies and tourism organisations from 130 countries. Under the title of “Tourism and Security: Towards a Framework for Safe, Secure and Seamless Travel,” Minister of Tourism Yehia Rashed led the session and said that Egypt is ready to provide all security measures to guarantee the safety of tourists.

Egypt’s efforts to stand against international terrorism are a model to countries around the globe, he said. A source at the ministry said that the designation of Luxor as the Capital of International Tourism is “a triumph for Egypt’s tourism and a positive change in the image promoted in some of the international media of a negative impact on Egypt’s tourism industry”.

He said that Egypt is now reaping the fruits of the wise policies being implemented by the ministries of tourism and foreign affairs, which are working jointly on the tourism portfolio. Luxor Governor Mohamed Badr was particularly happy at the designation and said that he will exert every effort to make Luxor a city with efficient tourism services.

Also this week, Badr, with Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Enany, inaugurated four New Kingdom tombs on Luxor’s west bank. The first is located in the Sheikh Abdel-Qurna area and belongs to Djehuty, the royal butler of Queen Hatshepsut of the 18th Dynasty. The other three belong to members of one family who shared were servants in the Palace of Truth during the reign of Ramses II of the 19th Dynasty.

Al-Enany told Al-Ahram Weekly that the opening of the tombs came within the framework of ministry efforts to protect Egypt’s ancient Egyptian shrines and to provide new tourist attractions. He said the Djehuty tomb restoration project was carried out in collaboration with the American Research Centre in Egypt (ARCE) and funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

US Ambassador R Stephen Beecroft and USAID director Sherry Carlin attended the inauguration. The tomb is very distinguished as its paintings depict both Ramses II and his successor, Thutmosis III, as Djehuty served as a royal herald during the reign of Thutmosis.

Mahmoud Afifi, from the ministry, explained that the tomb is T-shaped, which was typical of the 18th Dynasty, and that it had been heavily damaged by smoke and heat that had caused the oxidisation of its wall paintings.

Time had taken its toll on the tomb, the structure had become unstable and parts of the wall paintings had begun to flake off. The pillared hall, Afifi continued, was full of debris that had filled and covered the burial shaft of the tomb, which was generally in a very bad condition.

Conservation work started in 2012, and concentrated on documentation. Concrete restoration started in 2013 when all the debris covering the entrance was removed and the walls, ceiling and columns consolidated. Restoration of the paintings was also completed. A new lighting system was installed.

As for the three tombs from the reign of Ramses II located at Deir Al-Medina, these belong to the members of one family: Imn Nakht, the father; Nebenmaat, the eldest son; and Khaaemteri, the youngest son. The restoration work was carried out in collaboration with the French Institute for Oriental Studies (IFAO).

Afifi said the tombs shared the same entrance, corridor and ante-chamber, which leads to three burial chambers with a mud-brick chapel in each. The tomb of the father follows the multi-coloured design prevailing in most of the Deir Al-Medina tombs, while the tombs of the sons follow a single-coloured design.

The entrance was cleaned, the iron door at the entrance repainted, and a new wooden floor installed to protect the tomb’s original floor and facilitate movement for visitors. A guide panel was erected in front of the tomb’s entrance and a new lighting system has been installed.

Meanwhile in Aswan, the city saw the completion of the Edfu Temple groundwater project this week, carried out in collaboration with ARCE and a fund of LE25.5 million provided by USAID. “It is a very important project because it has constructed a drainage system to lower the groundwater level that threatened the walls of the Edfu Temple,” Al-Enany said.

He said that the project had started in August 2013 in two phases. The first phase was completed in June 2014, while the second ended last September. Waadalla Abu Al-Ela, head of the projects sector at the ministry, said that a power control unit was set up to monitor the work minute by minute. Eight wells were dug to a depth of eight metres to collect the groundwater and pump it out of the temple.

Nasr Salama, head of Aswan Antiquities, told Ahram Online that during the work, carried out at the earthen dump located in front of the temple, archaeologists had discovered a collection of pots and pans dating to the Old Kingdom and the Late Period, as well as a collection of coffins and human remains.

The Edfu Temple is one of the best-preserved in Egypt and was built during the Ptolemaic era to worship the falcon god Horus. Its walls and pylons are decorated with scenes and inscriptions that have provided important information on language, myth and religion during the Graeco-Roman period.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Discovery, Aswan: 3,800 Year-Old Mummy of High Class Egyptian Woman Unearthed in Aswan

CAIRO: A 3,800 year-old mummy of a high class Egyptian woman has been unearthed on the west bank of the Nile River near Aswan, the antiquities ministry announced in a statement Tuesday.

“The mummy of a woman named “Sattjeni” was found wrapped in linen bandages lying inside two coffins made of cedar that were brought from Lebanon,” said Mahmoud Afifi, head of Ancient Egypt Antiquities Department at the Antiquities Ministry.

The finds were unveiled during excavation work carried out by the archaeological mission of Spain’s  Jaén University at the Tombs of the Nobles, better known as  Qubbet el-Hawa (The Dome of the Wind) archaeological site located on the west bank of modern Aswan, said Afifi.

“The new discovery is significant as it sheds light on the death of the mother of Heqa-ib III and Amaeny-Seneb; two prominent rulers of the nom of Aswan, (better known as Elephantine) during the reign of the 12th Dynasty Pharaohs Amenemhat III (1800 B.C. – 1775 B.C.),” he added.

Alejandro Jimenez Serrano, head of the archaeology mission, explained that the discovery of Sattjeni tomb “allows us to reconstruct the genealogy and history of the rulers of Elephantine during the late 12th Dynasty.

“Sattjeni was the daughter of Elephantine nomarch Sarenput II and after the death of all the male members of her family she was the unique holder of the dynastic rights in the government of Elephantine,” said Serrano.

The tomb was essentially the resting place of the family who ruled Elephantine between the end of the reign of Senwosret III and the reign of Amenemhat III, during which at least ten individuals were buried in this funerary complex, said Serrano.
Source: The Cairo Post - By/ The Cairo Post

Monday, May 23, 2016

Back Home: Israel Returns to Egypt Two Stolen Artifacts

Israel on Sunday returned to Egypt two stolen sarcophagi lids, saying the repatriation of the millennia-old artifacts was a sign of warmer relations between the two countries.
Egypt's Ambassador to Israel Hazem Khairat poses in front of ancient
 sarcophagi covers, which Israel handed back to Egypt, in Jerusalem
May 22, 2016 (Reuters)
Israel Antiquities Authority investigators found the two artifacts, one dating back between 3,400 and 3,600 years and the second about 3,000 years-old, in an antiquity dealer's shop in East Jerusalem about five years ago.

The Israeli foreign ministry said the wooden sarcophagi covers were stolen in Egypt and smuggled to East Jerusalem via a Gulf state.

Israeli authorities seized the artefacts but their return was put on hold after Egypt's Islamist government in 2012 recalled the Egyptian ambassador during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza strip.

After a three-year hiatus, Egypt sent a new ambassador to Israel in January. The envoy formally took possession of the sarcophagi at a ceremony on Sunday at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem.

"The return of the Egyptian (artefacts) is symbolic, more than anything, of the changing relations (between) Israel and Egypt," Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold told Reuters.

Egyptian ambassador Hazem Khairat said the two countries, which signed a peace treaty in 1979, were still working on the return of other artefacts but he did not specify what they were or how many other items were in Israeli possession.
Source: Ahram Online

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Re-Opening, Cairo: Mosque at Cairo's Manial Palace Reopens After Decade-Long Restoration

The palace, built by Prince Mohamed Ali Tewfik in the early twentieth century, is located on the island of Manial in Cairo. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.

The mosque of Manial Palace will be opened for worship on Friday for the first time since 2005 when it was closed for restoration.

The palace, built by Prince Mohamed Ali Tewfik in the early twentieth century, is located on the island of Manial in Cairo.

The Friday prayers at the mosque will be broadcast on television, which Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany hopes will "draw the masses to the palace's historical importance and archaeological value."

The architectural design of the mosque combines two different styles, the Andalusian and the Ottoman, and is richly decorate. The restoration was completed in 2015.

News: Giza Pyramids Light up with EgyptAir Logo in Solidarity with MS804 Victims

CAIRO: The Giza pyramids were illuminated with the logo of EgyptAir on Saturday night in solidarity with the victims of the national carrier’s passenger plane that crashed over the Mediterranean last week, Youm7 reported.

The Great Pyramid of Khufu, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world still standing, was illuminated by projectors reproducing an image of the falcon-headed god Horus; the company’s logo.

EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed while crossing the Mediterranean early Thursday with 66 passengers and ten crew members aboard.

The Egyptian armed forces announced on Saturday that they found debris from the Airbus 320 airliner along with possible passenger belongings close to the coast of Alexandria.

EgyptAir was established on May 7, 1932. It was the first carrier to be established in Africa and the Middle East and the seventh in the world. It is a member of Star Alliance.
Source: The Cairo Post - By/ The Cairo Post

Friday, May 20, 2016

News, Giza: Grand Egyptian Museum Receives 245 Objects

CAIRO: A total of 245 artifacts were transported to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in preparation for restoration and future display, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

Thirty five of the said artifacts, spanning several periods of ancient Egyptian history, were brought from the Beni Suef Museum, an official source at the GEM told Youm7.

They include four sarcophagi, which were found during excavation work carried out at Abu Sir archaeological site, in addition to four colossal statues dating back to the Greco-Roman Period (332B.C.-395A.D.), the source said.

The other 210 artifacts are from a collection at the Egyptian Museum located at Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square, the source noted, adding that a specialized committee has been formed to examine and pack the objects as well as preparing a comprehensive report about the current status of each object ahead of renovation.

During the past few years, the GEM received thousands of artifacts from several museums and archaeological sites ahead of its inauguration scheduled for 2018.

In April 2015, a total of 200 artifacts of Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s treasures were transferred to the GEM where they will be on display in a separate hall dedicated to the young pharaoh.
Built over 120 acres of land, GEM is located 2 km southwest of the Giza Pyramids and was scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2015, but due to funding issues it has been delayed until August 2018.

The construction of the three-phase project, which includes the construction of the museum’s main building and implementation of the master plan, landscape parks and surrounding site infrastructure, began in March 2012. Two phases have currently been completed.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

News: Free Entry to Museums Yesterday to Mark International Museum Day

CAIRO: Admission to all of Egypt’s museums will be free for Egyptians and residents on Wednesday May 18 in honor of International Museum Day, the Antiquities Ministry announced in a statement.

“The museums will open for free during official working hours. The decision is not only to celebrate the event but also to encourage tourists to visit these museums,” said Elham
Salah, head of the ministry’s Museums Department.It is also to encourage Egyptians to know more about their history, Salah added.

Coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM,) the annual event aims to promote museums with a specific theme every year. “Museums and Cultural Landscapes” is the theme of this year’s celebration which aims to highlight the link between museums and cultural heritage, according to the ICOM.
Source: The Cairo Post - By/  Rany Mostafa

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Our Exhibition Abroad, London: ‘Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds’ Exhibit to Open at British Museum Thursday

God Hapy colossus (Courtesy of the British Museum)

CAIRO: Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anany arrived in London Tuesday to attend the inauguration of an exhibition titled “Osiris, Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries,” scheduled for Thursday at the British Museum for an extended run of six months.

The exhibit, which comprises of 293 carefully selected artifacts excavated in the ruins of ancient Alexandria’s legendary cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, was inaugurated early September at the Arab World Institute in Paris. 

The exhibit is scheduled to tour Switzerland in November before returning to Egypt.

The exhibit, which aims to boost Egypt’s ailing tourism sector, also features 40 objects “some of which have never been on public display before, collected from museums across the country, including the Egyptian Museum, Alexandria’s Greco-Roman and National museums along with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Museum,” 

Installation of a red granite stele of Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II. 2nd century BC, 
Thonis-Heracleion. Maritime Museum, Alexandria. British Museum Facebook page.
Chairman of the Central Administration of the Sunken Artifacts Mohammad Mostafa was quoted by Youm7 back in September.

All the artifacts illustrate the legend of the God Osiris; ancient Egypt’s afterlife deity, said Mostafa.

“The ancient Mediterranean cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus sank in the late seventh/early eighth century after they were hit by an earthquake and tidal waves,” former head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Abdel Halem Nour el-Din previously told The Cairo Post.

The ruins of the two cities were discovered in 1999 by Franck Goddio; a French marine archaeologist, who heads the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (EIUA,) Nour el-Din said.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Recovered Artifacts, France: Egypt Reclaims 44 Archeological Artifacts From France

CAIRO: Egypt has reclaimed 44 archaeological artifacts from France dating back to different periods of ancient Egyptian civilizations, the Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany announced.

French authorities have delivered the artifacts to the Egyptian embassy in France after six years of negotiations on the repatriation of the antiquities, El-Enany added.

Egypt reclaimed a total of 240 archeological artifacts from France last year, said El-Enany, noting that the 44 recent artifacts plus the 240 previous artifacts were seized in the Charle de Gaulle Airport in March and November 2010.

“The (44) repatriated objects: a limestone statue of a woman that dates back to the Roman Age, a number of spindles’ heads, earrings, crosses and wooden pieces shaped like hands that were used as musical instruments in the Coptic Era,” General Supervisor of the Repatriated Antiquities Department, Shaban Abdel Gawad, said in the statement.

In 2015, a total of 547 artifacts were repatriated from a number of countries including Switzerland, England, USA, Germany, Belgium and others, Gawad added.

On March 11, the Antiquities Ministry announced in a statement that it had received three artifacts that were repatriated through diplomatic efforts by the Foreign Ministry.

Egypt’s ancient sites have been targeted for many years, but the upheavals and the security lapse following the 2011 revolution have helped looters and tomb robbers target museums and several archaeological sites for treasures to sell on the black market.

During the past four years, Egypt has recovered more than 1,600 artifacts and is currently working on other cases in many European countries, former head of the Repatriated Artifacts Department Aly Ahmed told The Cairo Post last year.
Source: Cairo Post  -  By/ The Cairo Post

Monday, May 16, 2016

Re-Opening, Luxor: 4 Tombs of ‘Royal Butlers’ Open to Public in Luxor After Renovation Completed

 Burial Chamber at one of four tombs of Royal Butlers
opened to  public in the west bank of Luxor. 
Antiquities Ministry Facebook page. 
CAIRO: Four tombs of Royal Butlers of ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom (1,580B.C.-1,080B.C) period Pharaohs were opened to public Friday after their renovation work have been completed, the Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anany announced in a statement.

Located in the west bank of Luxor, “one of the tombs belong to Djehuty; the Royal Butler under the reign of both ancient Egypt’s powerful female Pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut and Pharaoh Tuthmosis III,” said Anany.

Located at Sheikh Abdel Qurna area in the west bank of Luxor, the T-shaped tomb is typical of the 18th Dynasty and has a pillared hall and a burial shaft, he added.

“The restoration of Djehuty tomb, which began in 2012, was carried out in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development (USAID.) It required a lot of work because the tomb was found in poor condition,” according to Anany.

The other three tombs, located at Deir El-Medina, belong to Imn Nakht, Nebenmaat and Kha’Emteri who held the same title of ‘Servant in the Place of Truth’ during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II (1,279B.C.-1,213B.C.,) said Mahmoud Afifi, head of Ancient Egypt Antiquities Department at the Antiquities Ministry.

“The tombs share the same entrance, corridor and ante-chamber which are branched out into three burial chambers with a mud brick chapel in each,” said Afifi. The restoration of Deir El-Medina three tombs was implemented in collaboration with the French Institute for Oriental Studies (IFAO,) he added.
Source: The Cairo Post - By/ The Rany Mostafa

Sunday, May 15, 2016

News, Aswan: Antiquities Ministry Celebrates Completion of Groundwater Project at Aswan's Edfu Temple

The Edfu Temple Groundwater Lowering Project has been completed after three years of work. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
In a gala ceremony at Edfu Temple on Friday, the antiquities ministry celebrated the completion of a three-year project to remove groundwater from the site.

Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany told Ahram Online that the project was “very important” because it has constructed a drainage system to lower the groundwater level that threatened the walls of the temple in Aswan.

The Edfu Temple Groundwater Lowering Project was carried out in collaboration with the American Research Centre in Egypt and the housing ministry, with a fund of EGP25.5 million provided by USAID and the National Authority for Water and Wastewater.

Mahmoud Afifi, head of the ministry's Ancient Egyptian Department, said that the project started in August 2013 and was in two phases; the first one was completed in June 2014 while the second was finished last September.

Pots discovered (courtesy of the ministry of antiquities)
The head of the projects department at the ministry, Waadalla Abu El-Ela, said that eight wells were constructed at depths of eight metres, to pump groudwater out of the temple.

Nasr Salama, the head of antiquities for Aswan governorate, told Ahram Online that during the work, archaeologists unearthed a collection of pots and pans that are dated to the Old Kingdom era and the Late Period, as well as a collection of coffins and human remains.

The gala ceremony was attended by the US's ambassador to Egypt, R. Stephen Beecroft; the director of USAID, Sherry Carlin; the governor of Aswan, Magdy Hegazy, and top officials from the antiquities ministry. The temple, built in the Ptolemaic period to worship Horus, is one of the best preserved in Egypt.