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A weekly round up of the Ancient Egypt News stories that made the headlines

Ancient Egypt News 11 – 17 October 2021

Welcome to the latest Ancient Egypt stories that made the headlines over the second week of October.


Following the transfer of Tutankham’s third and fourth shrines earlier this year, the Grand Egyptian Museum has now received Tutankhamun’s second shrine - the biggest artefact to be displayed at the special exhibition dedicated to the boy king. The hand-carved, gilded shrine was discovered in 1922 in Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor’s West Bank. T


he painstaking process of disassembling and reassembling the shrine took more than four hours and followed techniques used by the Ancient Egyptians. Dismantled into 15 pieces and wrapped separately, each part of the shrine was transferred in boxes using acid-free materials amid a set of strict security measures put in place by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities under the supervision of expert restorers and museum curators.


King Tutankhamun’s first shrine is currently being restored at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir and will soon follow its three counterparts to form part of 7,200 square-metres of galleries along with other dazzling treasures belonging to the world’s most iconic pharaoh. The galleries are set to be the centre of attention at the new museum, utilising cutting edge technology with full control over temperature, humidity, and lighting.


Three ram heads were found during excavation works carried out as part of the project restoring the royal processional path known as the Sphinx Avenue in Luxor, which once connected Luxor to Karnak Temple. The heads were part of three ram-headed sphinxes located on the Sphinx Avenue, and after restoration they will be re-attached to the ram bodies.


As part of the project, a series of photos relating the history of the avenue, from its early exploration in the 19th century until now, will be put on display along the avenue, according to Dr Mostafa Waziri, the Secretary-G  eneral of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.


Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly recently visited Luxor Governorate to inspect a number of projects being implemented in tourism, services and development fields.


The Premier was accompanied by Dr. Khaled el-Enany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Maj. Gen. Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development, and Dr. Assem el-Jazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Counselor Mostafa Elham, Governor of Luxor, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Fahmy, Director of Major Projects Department at the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces, and officials of the relevant ministries.


Dr. Madbouly confirmed that the state, with all its agencies, provides all the resources necessary to hold a major celebration to promote Luxor Governorate as part of the completion of the project to restore the great processional way from the Pharaonic era known as “The Road of Rams”.


He stressed that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, is following up on the preparations that are in full swing to hold this celebration to match the festivity of the procession of the Golden Mummies.


The prime minister said that the large projects that the state is currently implementing in a number of archaeological areas in Luxor, which include the restoration of temples and the revival of Pharaonic monuments, will make Luxor an open museum that attracts the attention of tourists from all over the world.


The PM began the visit by inspecting the excavations started by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, under the recently demolished palace of Tawfiq Pasha Andraos, adjacent to the Luxor Temple.


Among the ruins, Roman bronze coins were dug up, remnants of a Roman-era wall is visible on the ground, as well as the side of an old storeroom, and a number of other archaeological artefacts from  various historical eras.


The Premier directed the relevant officials to continue with the excavations at this distinguished archaeological site. The PM and other officials also inspected the ongoing excavations in part of the building of the Church of the Virgin Mary, which was removed.


Dr. Mustafa Waziri presented the results of those excavations, noting that 3 distinct ram’s heads were discovered, including one of the most magnificent found on this site so far.


The Prime Minister also inspected the Karnak Temple, where he listened to an explanation from Dr. el-Enany about the development work in the temple.


A large number of the most beautiful and rare Egyptian artifacts smuggled in previous decades has been recovered, including 5000 artefacts from the United States, 114 from France, as well as 3 artefacts from the UK. The recovered artefacts are from the Pharaonic era through to the Greek.


The Egyptian artefacts that were displayed at the "Kings of the Sun" exhibition, held at the National Museum in the Czech capital Prague, have returned to Egypt.


Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri indicated that the exhibition was a resounding success, with a great turnout of visitors, from the Czech Republic and its neighbouring countries, adding that the number of visitors exceeded half a million during the exhibition period.


Dr Waziri pointed out that the exhibition was extended for two consecutive periods at the request of the Czech authorities, due to high demand. He stressed that this exhibition led to an increase in the number of tourists from the Czech Republic to Egypt during the last period.


The “Kings of the Sun” Exhibition is the first exhibition of ancient Egyptian antiquities to be held in the Czech Republic. It was inaugurated by Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Enany, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, and Czech Minister of Culture Lubomir Zauralek, in August 2020, coinciding with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the archaeological work of the Czech mission in the archaeological area of Abu Sir, and included 90 artefacts from their excavations.


The exhibition provided its visitors with a small glimpse into the ancient Egyptian civilization, encouraging them to visit Egypt to further explore its history and monuments.


The Egypt Exploration Society has announced that the back catalogue of Egyptian Archaeology magazines is now freely accessible online. They have updated their publications available to provide open access copies of Egyptian Archaeology from Summer 1991 through to the very popular Autumn 2020, which sold out last year. If you missed it, then now is your chance to read about graffiti at the temple of Karnak, a newly discovered Roman catacomb at Saqqara, and Egyptian voices from the Abydos Temple Paper Archive.


The Egyptian archaeological mission working under the Yessi House, known as the Palace of Tawfiq Pasha Andreos    , adjacent to the Luxor Temple, succeeded in detecting a number of amphora    from the Byzantine era.


Dr Mustafa Waziri, has stated that this discovery is part of a series of discoveries made at the site, where previous finds include a collection of Roman bronze coins, part of a wall from the Roman era, an ancient storehouse, and a number of other archaeological pieces dating back to different historical eras.


And finally video appeared online showing early rehearsals in Luxor for the grand celebrations expected for the opening of el Kebbash Road, the Avenue of the Sphinxes. It is anticipated to be taking place, fittingly,  on November the 4th.



And that’s it for this week.   

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