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Google Doodle Celebrates the Discovery of the Khufu ship’s

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Google Doodle celebrates the 65th anniversary of the discovery of the ancient boat, which was discovered inside Great Pyramid of Giza. 

The Khufu ship is an ancient pharaoh’s barge that is buried inside of the pyramid, and today, Google is dedicating a doodle in celebration of this great discovery.

The wooden ship is around 4,600 years old, and it is so well-designed that it can still sail today if launched back to the Nile river!

The boat was discovered back in 1954 by archaeologist Kamal el-Mallakh, when he dug under a stone wall on the south side of the Great Pyramid.

The purpose behind the boat remains a mystery and a debate between scholars, as some claim that it was placed inside khufu’s tomb so he can sail across heavens after death with the sun god Ra. Others believe that it was used to ferry the Khufu’s body to his final resting place.

Even though its purpose remains unclear, this discovery remains as significant now as it did the day it was discovered, and is considered to be one of the best-preserved vessels from antiquity.

The Google Doodle of the Khufu Ship is currently being shown across the Middle East and North Africa, in addition to parts of Europe, in Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

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Emmys Awards 2020: Top Highlights From the Ceremony

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Emmys Awards 2020 went virtual this year amid the ongoing coronavirus scare, but the ceremony was a whole lot more successful than expected.

“The Emmys themselves are not eligible to actually win an Emmy, but the Herculean task of pulling this off the way they have would deserve one,” said Deadline’s Pete Hammond.

The event saw many highlights that left us all entertained and surprised at times!

1. The Somewhat Friends Reunion

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Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre Will Launch Virtually In September

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Egypt’s Ministry of Culture is launching its 27th edition of the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (CIFET) online this September.

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, the festival’s new management decided to hold this year’s edition online for the very first time, in light of the current situation caused by the pandemic.

The move was taken to ensure the health and safety of the participants and visitors. 

Last year, the festival witnessed participation from 40 countries, with around 22 productions presented during the festival. The 2019 edition took place at various theatres in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The main competition saw performances from around the world, including the US, Brazil, Switzerland, Kosovo, Portugal, Hungary, Morocco, Kuwait, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria, South Africa, Nigeria, and Congo.

The festival will be headed by Alaa Abdel Aziz Suleiman, a young theatre maker who adds so much to the edition from noticeable changes and adjustments.

According to Suleiman, the deadline for application forms from the teams wishing to participate in the festival is on August 10th. The festival administration confirmed that the ongoing pandemic has posed challenges for theatrical practices, whether on the production side or in presenting the works themselves.

 

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This US Museum Inaugurated an Exhibition Dedicated to Egypt’s Sunken Treasures

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is now hosting the Egyptian exhibition, Sunken Cities: The Enchanting World of Egypt, which was inaugurated on July 3rd.

The exhibition sees different historical periods and is also showcasing 293 artifacts that were recovered from the cities Heracleion and Canopus in the eastern port of Alexandria and the port of Abu Qir.

It also houses two large statues of Isis and Serapis in addition to statues of a Sphinx and some ornaments and household items.

“When people come to this exhibition, they’re going to see amazing works of art that reveal the diversity of the ancient world and the ways that the civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome interacted and influenced each other more than 2,000 years ago,” said Peter Schertz, curator of the exhibit.

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“The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities. The exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see treasures recovered from two powerful ancient Egyptian cities that sank into the Mediterranean more than a thousand years ago.” The official website of the museum wrote about the exhibition.

“This exhibition features a staggering array of objects from these excavations, supplemented by treasures from museums across Egypt. The objects on view piece together the economic and cultural significance of these destroyed city centers and showcase the artistry, religious practices, and traditions of their people.” It added.

Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities is organized by the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology with the generous support of the Hilti Foundation and in collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

 

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