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Sunday, February 12, 2017
Our Treasures Abroad, Brussels: 35,000 Year-Old Axe to Return to Egypt After Studies
The Returned Axe From Belgium
The Louvain University in Belgium handed over a 35,000 year-old axe to
the Egyptian Embassy in Brussels after studies. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
After the completion of archaeological and scientific studies, the
Louvein University in Belgium handed over a 35,000 year-old axe to the Egyptian
Embassy in Brussels.The axe will arrive in Egypt within days.
Shaaban Abdel Gawad, the supervisor-general of Antiquities Repatriation
Department, said the axe is carved in stone and was discovered by the Louvain
mission along with a human skeleton in Nazlet Khater archaeological site in
Sohag in Upper Egypt.
The Luvein mission took both the skeleton and the axe to Belgium for
studies. The skeleton returned to Egypt in August 2015.Abdel
Gawad said that the axe is one of the oldest skeletons ever found in Egypt.
It goes back to the Old archaic era around 35,000 years ago.It
also shows the development of human species that lived in Egypt throughout
different eras. Abdel
Gawad suggested that the skeleton and the axe be put on show at the National
Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.