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Thursday, June 9, 2016
News: Khufu boat, MIA, Wadi Hittan Museum win ICOM Best Practice Award
restoration projects and a museum won the 2016 Best Practice Award from the
Egyptian National Committee of the ICOM. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
Khufu Solar Boat Restorers Team
of Environment Khaled Fahmy and National Archive Head Sherif Shahin along with
archeologists, curators and the media gathered to celebrate the winners of the
Egyptian National Committee of the International Council of Museums' (ICOM
Egypt) 2016 Best Practice Award at the National Archives' conference hall in
Zidan, Restoration Department Head at the Egyptian Museum and Khufu boat
restoration supervisor told Ahram Online that this year the Museum of Islamic
Art, Department of Restoration and Khufu restoration team won the conservation
award, while the Fossils and Climate Change Museum (Wadi Al-Hitan Museum) and
the Zoological Museum won the Exhibition award.
Museum of Fine Arts in Alexandria, the Blind School at the Egyptian Museum and
the Rashid National Museum won the community outreach award.
Yushimura and Zidan With The Award
second Khufu boat was discovered along with the first one inside two pits
neighbouring each other in 1954, when Egyptian archaeologists Kamal Al-Mallakh
and Zaki Nour were carrying out routine cleaning on the southern side of the
explains that the first boat was removed piece by piece under the supervision
of restoration expert Ahmed Youssef, who spent more than 20 years restoring and
reassembling the boat, which is now on display at Khufu’s Solar Boat Museum on
the Giza Plateau.
second boat remained sealed in the neighbouring pit until 1987 when it was
examined by the American National Geographic Society in association with the
Egyptian Office for Historical Monuments
2009, a Japanese scientific and archaeological team from Waseda University
headed by Sakuji Yoshimura offered to remove the boat from the pit, restore and
reassemble it and put it on show to the public. The team cleaned the pit of
insects and inserted a camera through a hole in the chamber’s limestone ceiling
in order to examine the boat’s condition and determine appropriate methods of
experts are removing the boat piece by piece and restoring it.