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4 thousand tourists came to Alexandria (13/9/2010)
Alexandria port received yesterday morning the cruise ship 'Neviktor' coming from Turkey, with about 4000 tourists from different nationalities went at seven Am with more than 80 bus to Cairo and Giza to visit the Ancient Monuments.
The ship will leave the port of Alexandria this morning returning to Italy.
Ahmed Nazif Honors Egypt's Olympic heroes in Singapore: (06/9/2010)
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Dr. Ahmed Nazif, the Prime Minister honored yesterday in the Smart Village in the Sixth of October champions Egypt in the first Olympic Games for young people, which was held in Singapore.
The Egyptian mission got seven medals in the session, and achieved the mission of the center 24 of 204 countries participated in the Olympic Games.
'Huge' structure discovered near Snefru's Bent Pyramid: (25/8/2010)
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Archaeologists have discovered a large structure to the northeast of the 4,600 year old Bent Pyramid, which may be the remains of an ancient harbor. It connects to one of the pyramid’s temples by way of a 140 meter long causeway.
The discoveries were made by a team from the Cairo department of the German Archaeological Institute, and the Free University of Berlin. The team used magnetic survey and drill cores soundings to make the finds. The structure is mostly unexcavated and only a portion of the causeway has been unearthed.
The structure itself is U-shaped, 90 meters by 145 meters. It was built with mud brick and has no wall on its east side. “Maybe this structure can be interpreted as (a) harbour or something like that,” said Dr. Nicole Alexanian of the German Archaeological Institute, Cairo. She said that it may have been beside water, “it’s possible that ships could enter by a canal in this area.
New settlement discovered in Kharga Oasis: (25/8/2010)
The American-Egyptian mission from Yale University has stumbled upon what appears to be the remains of a substantial settlement. The city is a thousand years earlier than the major surviving ancient remains at the Umm Mawagir area in Kharga Oasis.
Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosny, announced that the settlement is dated to the Second Intermediate Period (ca.1650-1550 BC) and was discovered during excavation work as part of the Theban Desert Road Survey. This project serves to investigate and map the ancient desert routes in the Western desert.
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), said that the newly discovered settlement is 1km long from north to south and 250m wide from east to west. It lies along the bustling caravan routes connecting the Nile Valley of Egypt and the western oasis with points as far as Darfur in western Sudan. Hawass continued that archaeological evidence at the site indicated that its inhabitants were part of an administrative center and they were engaged in baking on a massive scale.
The Hibis Temple in Kharga Oasis: (18/8/2010)
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The Hibis temple is oriented along an east-west axis and consists of a pylon, open court, pillared hall and sanctuary. The temple would have originally also had a lake and boat quay along its eastern side. The lake would have allowed access to the temple for festival purposes. Today the first thing a visitor encounters at the temple is the outer or Roman gate that contains several Greek inscriptions. The most important one is the decree that was by the Roman governor, Tiberius Julius Alexander during the second year of the reign of Emperor Galba (69AD). The decree outlines the raising of taxes, the state of Kharga’s economy and the oasis’ system of administration. It was this gate that was moved from the old location to the new location.
After the outer gate is a sphinx avenue, then a Ptolemaic gate, then a Persian gate that dates to the reign of King Darius I. The Persian gate is followed by the open court, which dates to the Thirtieth Dynasty during the reigns of Nectanbeo I and II. The court bears inscriptions and offerings scenes dedicated to different gods and goddesses. After the open court is the pillared hall that contains 12 pillars from the reign of Achoris (Twenty-ninth Dynasty). At the back of the pillared hall is a smaller rectangular room that leads to the sanctuary. Inside the sanctuary is a small open court supported by four pillars.
Coins through the Ages Exhibition open: (10/8/2010)
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The Egyptian Museum, Cairo opened a new temporary exhibit entitled: Coins through the Ages on August 10. Over the past eight years the Egyptian Museum has hosted a series of temporary exhibitions, the most recent of which focused on five artifacts which were repatriated to Egypt. The temporary exhibition space (Hall 44) has also hosted a series of exhibits on excavations under the direction of foreign teams. This includes teams from America, France, Poland and the Netherlands. This exhibition was curated by Sayed Hassan, who did an excellent job and will be working with the new Egyptian Museum in Rome. I'm including here the text from the brochure that will be handed out during the exhibit.
Before the invention of money, people bartered their surplus crops and cattle amongst themselves to obtain necessary commodities. The first people to invent a coinage-system were the Lydians of Asia Minor in the second half of the 7th century B.C.
During the pharaonic period, gold, silver and bronze rings and large bronze ingots were sometimes used in the barter system. When the Persians first came to Egypt (525 B.C.) they brought their coins with them. The Egyptians treated these coins as ingots, valuing them based on their weight in metal and sometimes melting the coins for other uses.
Ancient Letter to Pharaoh Found: (22/7/2010)
Archaeologists in Jerusalem have unearthed the most ancient written document ever found in the Holy City a tiny fragment of a letter thought to be addressed to Akhenaten, the “heretic” pharaoh who ruled Egypt during the 14th century B.C.
Discovered outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls, the document consists of a minuscule clay fragment -- about one square inch -- covered with cuneiform script in ancient Akkadian.
Thought to date back some 3,400 years, the fragment appears to have been part of a tablet from the royal archives.
Indeed, the script on the chip, which includes the words “you,” “you were,” “later,” “to do” and “them,” is of a very high level, according to Wayne Horowitz, a scholar of Assyriology at the Hebrew University Institute of Archaeology.
The fragment is believed to be a contemporary of the 380 tablets discovered in the 19th century at Amarna in Egypt in Akhenaten’s archives.
The Amarna archives include tablets sent to Akhenaten by the kings who were subservient to him in Canaan and Syria, and provide details about the complex relationships between them.
Among these tablets are six that are addressed from Abdi-Heba, the Canaanite ruler of Jerusalem.
discovery of 2 tombs since the year 4300 B.C. (8/7/2010)
The Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt Announced that the Egyptian archaeological mission discovered two tombs in Saqqara, located about 40 km south of Cairo, belonged to the Chief Clerk of the King and his son for nearly 4300 years.
The head of the mission, Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Council on Wednesday said that the cemetery that owner's name is "sn dwa", who occupied the important posts during the era of the Sixth Dynasty (about 2345-2181 BC) his tomb there s figures depicting the deceased was sitting at a table offerings "and next to his name and titles, including the Chief Clerk of the King and the supervisor of missions. The burial well depth is 20 meters and located below the false door directly, and that when he came to the pit, "were found to be untouched by thieves because of the difficulty down to present to the deep", but discovered in the well to wooden sarcophagus, where " Sn Dwa" was buried degradation caused by moisture.
hawas said that alongside the grave of the father in the level of the door mock cemetery lies "great" concern "the son" Khonsu with the most beautiful and most important scenes of the Old Kingdom and especially false door ", which are directly in front of offering table and stone lintel lying on the ground carrying features of the family, the sixth in the Old The highest false door there is a "marvelous painting color admirable and beautiful colors of the deceased in various forms" and was carrying the titles of his father Khonsu also a supervisor on the clerks of the king.
Recent excavations and restoration in Beni Suef: (05/07/2010)
As part of the Ministry of Culture’s initiative to refurbish and develop museums around Egypt, the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) is reorganizing the layout of the Beni-Suef museum in Upper Egypt.
Coffin in the collection of the Beni Suef Museum, Cultural Minister Farouk Hosni explained that the museum refurbishment involved extending the museum’s display area and transferring the administrative offices into the basement.
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the SCA, said that the whole museum is undergoing restoration. The building suffers from major water damage due to subterranean water, which has seeped into some of the walls of the museum’s galleries. New lighting and security systems are also being installed.
A collection of mud-brick structures dated to the fourth and fifth century AD were also found at the site. A collection of terracotta statues depicting Isis, Aphrodite and Horus were found inside along with pots and clay lamps.
Tunnel in Seti I Tomb - Valley of the Kings: (01/07/2010)
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The Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, announced that a tunnel in the tomb of King Seti I (1314-1304 BC) has been discovered by Dr. Zahi Hawass and his team in the Valley of the Kings. They’ve been searching for this tunnel for over twenty years in the West Bank necropolis.
Dr. Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the head of the mission, finally succeeded in completely excavating the 174m long tunnel after several seasons of work that began in November 2007. The tunnel was cut into the bedrock near the end of the beautifully decorated tomb of Seti I. In addition to excavating the tunnel, the team braced the walls and ceiling with metal supports. They also built a wooden walkway over the original stone staircase of the tunnel to preerve it and installed a mining car system to remove rubble from the team’s excavations. During their work, the mission uncovered many shabtis and pottery fragments that dated to the Eighteenth Dynasty (1569-1315 BC). Several limestone ostraca fragments, as well as a small boat model made of faience were also found. During their excavation of the staircase, the team found that three of the steps were decorated with red graffiti.
Railroad Museum tells the history of a nation in 150 years (13/9/2010)
The National Railway Museum said its construction dates back to the reign of King Fuad I, is located inside the station and consists of two floors.
The importance of the museum is due to the fact that it includes a record and multitude of models and effects, which represent the memory of the people, the nation's history, over more than 150 years and contains the original collection is a rare documentation of the history of transport in Egypt, shifts the overall construction in Egypt, in addition to documents, forms, and rare pictures of the second oldest railway in the world.
Tomb of Karakhamun found by Egyptian-American team (15/9/2010)
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An Egyptian-American expedition has found the burial chamber of a priest named Karakhamun (TT223). The tomb dates to Dynasty 25 (c. 755BC) and was uncovered during conservation and restoration work on the west bank of Luxor.
Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), said that the team found the burial chamber of Karakhamun at the bottom of an 8m deep burial shaft. The chamber is in very good condition and contains beautifully painted scenes. The entrance to the chamber is decorated with an image of Karakhamun and the ceiling is decorated with several astrological scenes, including a depiction of the sky goddess Nut.
New Staue of Amenhotep III
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Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- The upper portion of a limestone likeness of King Tut's grandfather has been unearthed in Luxor, Egyptian officials said.
Investigators found the statue of Amenhotep III while excavating on the site of a large temple on Luxor's west bank, Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities announced in a statement Saturday.
"The statue is one of the best new finds in the area because of its expert craftsmanship," the statement said, citing Zahi Hawass, the council's secretary general.
The statue, which is 4 feet 3 inches (130 centimeters) tall and 3 feet 1 inch (95 centimeters) wide, depicts the pharaoh seated on a throne, accompanied by the Theban god Amun. The king wears the double crown of Egypt.
Now experts must dig to find the rest of it.
Amenhotep III, who lived until 1352 BC, was hardly a modest king. Hawass said there is an "overwhelming amount of statuary" depicting the ruler, who was the father of Amenhotep IV, better known as Akhenaten. There may be other statues of him at the site, according to the council's statement.
Amenhotep III's reign was a time of wealth and stability, according to the British Museum. He inherited a great empire and took on many building projects.
Discovery of the tomb of Rudj-Ka
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A Fifth Dynasty tomb (2465 - 2323 BC) of the priest, Rudj-Ka was recently uncovered in an area south of the pyramid builders’ necropolis.
Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosny announced that the discovery was made during routine excavation work at the necropolis by an Egyptian archaeological team from the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the SCA, said that Rudj-Ka had several titles and would have been an important member of the ancient Egyptian court. Primarily Rudj-ka served as a purification priest for Khafre (2520-2494 BC) and his mortuary cult at Giza. Khafre’s pyramid complex and mortuary cult remained functioning well after the king’s death thanks to a group of priests and administrators who were provisioned through royal endowments.
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