Wednesday 13 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a mummy in one of two previously unexplored tombs across the Nile from the southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said Saturday. The tombs were found in the 1990s by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp, though she had only reached the entrance gate "but never entered", the ministry said. It said that both tombs, which were given numbers by Kampp, were likely to date back to dynasties of the New Kingdom, which lasted several centuries until about 3,000 years ago. Since Kampp's discovery, "both tombs were left untouched" an Egyptian archaeological mission started work. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany was in Luxor to announce the discovery in Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near...
(AFP (eng) 12/04/17)
An Egyptian-European mission has discovered 27 fragmented statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet across the Nile from Egypt's southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said on Sunday. The statues of the goddess, known as The Lady of War, were found in the ground at the Colossi of Memnon area on the city's west bank, which used to be a capital for ancient Egypt, the ministry said in a statement. Sekhmet had the body of a woman and the head of a fierce lioness, with a headpiece featuring the sun disk and was one of the goddesses known as Eyes of Ra, the sun god. The newly found statues were about two metres (six and a half feet) high and...
(AFP (eng) 11/22/17)
Egyptian prosecutors have detained a satirist known for his ribald humour on suspicion of joining an "illegal group", his lawyer told AFP on Tuesday. Islam al-Rifai, who has more than 70,000 followers on Twitter were he posts lewd jokes and pictures, was arrested last Thursday, his lawyer Gamal Eid said. Eid said Rifai, who also designs websites, had been lured into being arrested after receiving a phone call from someone who claimed he wanted his help with a website. Prosecutors...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/17)
A Russian archaeological team has discovered a well-preserved mummy from the Greco-Roman period in a wooden coffin south of Cairo, Egypt's antiquities ministry said Tuesday. The discovery was made near New Fayoum city, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the Egyptian capital, the ministry said in a statement. The team "found inside the coffin a well-preserved mummy, wrapped in linen, with its face covered by a human mask with drawings in blue and gold," it said. While mummification is mostly associated with ancient Egypt, the practice continued into the Greco-Roman era. The Russian team made its discovery near a monastery in the village of Qalamshah.
(AFP (eng) 11/06/17)
Egypt has recovered 354 archaeological objects that were seized by authorities in the United Arab Emirates, the antiquities ministry in Cairo said. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi, ruler of the emirate of Sharjah, had ordered the pieces returned to Egypt after police captured them, the ministry said Saturday. It did not provide any details on where or how the pieces were recovered, or from whom. Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany inspected the pieces at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on Saturday,...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/17)
In movie theatres, concert halls or out on the streets, culture in Egypt is faced with increasing curbs as the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expands censorship, critics say. Hossam Fazulla of the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) said artists were being subjected to increasing limitations. "What the government is trying to do is... to create a model of an obedient citizen who is tame, who is very convenient for this regime," said Fazulla. The curbs have wiped out some art forms, especially street events, which were starting to flourish after the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, he said. In the turmoil that followed, ex-army chief Sisi led the 2013...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/17)
Paintings by top Egyptian artists shared wall space with hieroglyphs and Pharaonic relics at Cairo's Egyptian Museum this week in an exhibition highlighting ancient influences on contemporary art. Artists, intellectuals and ambassadors from around the world attended the Saturday night opening of "A night with Art at the Egyptian Museum", organised by the private Art D'Egypte organisation. The exhibition, at the museum on Cairo's iconic Tahrir square, will be open to the public until Tuesday. "We wanted to highlight the...
(Xinhuanet 09/25/17)
Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) aspires to be a destination of Arab and international movie stars and filmmakers, GFF Director Intishal al-Tamimi said in an interview with Xinhua. Scheduled for Sept. 22-29 at the Red Sea resort town of El-Gouna under the slogan of "Cinema for Humanity," the GFF screens some 69 films from around 40 countries, including 16 feature films, 18 short films and 12 long documentaries, in addition to 19 films outside the official competition and four...
(Egyptian Streets 09/15/17)
Egypt’s minister of antiquities Khaled Al-Anany participated in a ceremony organized by Egypt’s embassy in Paris to celebrate the 200th anniversary of discovering Abu Simbel Temples. The celebration took place at Petit Palais Palace in Paris. They also celebrated the 50th anniversary of its relocation. The monuments of Abu Simbel temples had to be relocated in the past century as a part of a campaign to save the monuments of Nubia in the 1960s. Al-Anany expressed his appreciation for the...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived more than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewelry in the latest major find near the Nile city of Luxor. Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt’s 18th dynasty New Kingdom era -- around 15th century B.C. “The work did not finish yet and we’re continuing and working to find more objects and more tombs,” he told Reuters at...
(Egyptian Streets 08/28/17)
El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) is set to take place from the 22 to 29 September in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of El Gouna. Egyptian business tycoon Naguib Sawiris shared his ambitions behind launching the festival to “put itself on the international map”, during the press conference of the festival on Sunday. “I love cinema, which is the primary motive behind starting this [festival]. Another reason is that I felt El-Gouna needs to be put on the map...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/17)
The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on Sunday transferred 13 chartaceous securities and currencies to China, with some dating back to late Qing dynasty (1644-1911). At a ceremony held at the Egyptian National Museum in Cairo, Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany said these historical relics had been confiscated before being trafficked outside the country, adding that Egypt has been committed to fighting any kind of relic smuggling, including foreign relics. The securities and currencies includes a 20-yuan banknote issued by China's...
(Alarabiya.net 08/28/17)
Egypt on Sunday returned antique coins and bonds that were smuggled into the country from Iraq and China. The coins and bonds were returned to the Iraqi and Chinese embassies in Cairo by the Ministry of State of Antiquities during a ceremony held in the Egyptian museum. Ahmed Al-Rawi, the head of the Antiquities Units at Egyptian ports, said the antiques were handed over in accordance with the UNESCO agreement which Egypt joined in 1972 and in accordance with bilateral...
(Xinhuanet 08/26/17)
Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities inaugurated Friday the Rommel Cave Museum in the country's seaside province of Matrouh after a 10-year closure for restorations. The event was attended by Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany and the governor of Matrouh Province, the ministry said in a press statement. Rommel Cave is a natural cave cut in a rocky cliff since the Roman times with an entrance and exit on the Mediterranean. German General Erwin Rommel used it in World War II as a...
(Fox News 08/17/17)
Experts have unearthed three tombs that date back 2,000 years at the site of an ancient city in the Nile Valley. Egypt's antiquities ministry said that archaeologists discovered the tombs from the Ptolemaic Period. The discovery was made in the province of Minya, south of Cairo, in an area known as al-Kamin al-Sahrawi. In a August 15 Facebook post, the ministry explained that excavators unearthed a collection of sarcophagi of different shapes and sizes as well as clay fragments that...
(The Independent 08/16/17)
First discovery of female and child remains at al-Kamin al-Sarwahi site points to wider use of tomb network than previously thought. Three tombs dating back 2,000 years have been newly discovered in southern Egypt, the ministry of antiquities has said. The finds were uncovered in al-Kamin al-Sarwahi in Minya province, hidden down deep burial shafts. After careful excavations, in one tomb four sarcophagi were found which had been carved with human faces. Another contained six burial holes, including a child’s...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
Ancient Egyptians were an archaeologist's dream. They left behind intricate coffins, massive pyramids and gorgeous hieroglyphs, the pictorial writing code cracked in 1799. Egyptians recorded tales of royalty and gods. They jotted down life's miscellanies, too, as humdrum as beer recipes and doctor's notes. But there was one persistent hole in ancient Egyptian identity: their chromosomes. Cool, dry permafrost can preserve prehistoric DNA like a natural freezer, but Egypt is a gene incinerator. The region is hot. Within the mummies'...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/26/17)
Egypt has banned 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based Al Jazeera television and prominent local independent news site Mada Masr, accusing them of supporting terrorism and spreading false news. The blockade is notable in scope and for being the first publicly recognized by the government. It was heavily criticized by journalists and rights groups. The state news agency announced it late on Wednesday. Individual websites had been inaccessible in the past but there was never any official admission...

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