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In Pictures: Well-Preserved Mummies and Ptolemaic Tomb Discovered

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Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Police had uncovered another archaeological discovery, while investigating illegal expectations happening near the area of Al-Dayabat in Upper Egypt’s Sohag, where a tomb and well-preserved paintings were discovered.

After the completion of the on-going investigations, the Ministry of Antiquities assigned a scientific archaeological mission, that was led by Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, to start excavations of the tomb.

The exceptionally painted tomb dates back to the Ptolemaic-era, and is made up of two small rooms that belonged to a nobleman named Toutou and his musician wife. A well-preserved mummy has also been discovered and recovered from the tomb.

“Although it is a very small tomb from the Ptolemaic period, it is exceptionally painted with beautiful scenes,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Besides these remarkable discoveries, the two small rooms included two limestone sarcophagi, in addition to a number of mummified animals and birds, such as falcons, eagles, cats, dogs and shrews.

Wziri explained that the ancient Egyptians believed that the shrews had the power to cure blindness, and that is because of their good sight at night, he also added that those discovered shrews are in a good condition.

 

 

 

 

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Josh Gates Uncovering the Egyptian Sarcophagus

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The Famous TV series ‘Expedition Unknown‘ will hold a live broadcast from Egypt of the ancient sarcophagus, on Monday the 8th of April.

Expedition Unknown‘ chronicles the adventures of its host Josh Gates, as he goes on investigations for mysteries from all over the world, and in the process, uncovering stories while exploring the authentic sites of the place and this time his adventure is happening in Egypt.

The independent reported that the Discovery channel will air the opening of the Egyptian sarcophagus, whereas it’s expected to find mummies in there. No information was provided on the original location where the sarcophagus was first discovered

The Discovery Channel will air a two-hour episode from a “less-visited part of the country”. The U.S. TV host Josh Gates said that the sarcophagus contains the bodies of some higher-class ancient Egyptians.

He also added: “We know that there are a lot of mummies that are down there.”

“Egypt will reveal its secrets, live. Join me, Josh Gates, for an Egyptian adventure, like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Explore 3,000 year old tomb, and uncover ancient mysteries buried in the sands,” Gates said in a teaser for the upcoming episode.

The teaser has already got us very excited for the episode, and we hope that the audience will enjoy the splendid ancient history of Egypt. The journey this time with Gates, is definitely one that we all will be waiting for, as he discovers Egypt’s buried treasures.

According to The Independent, the site where the episode will be filmed will be overseen by Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

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President El Sisi on Tour in Aswan Post the Arab-African Forum

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As the Arab African Forum comes to an end, President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi accompanied the participants on a tour of the archaeological sites around Aswan.

The tour included a number of cabinet ministers as well, and they all paid a visit to the Philae Temple.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi at the Philae Temple in Aswan on Monday morning

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi at the Philae Temple in Aswan

The forum that began last Saturday on the 16th of March, and witnessed the participation of more than 1,500 youth, ended yesterday morning with a huge success.

The forum that took place in the upper Egyptian city, celebrated Egypt’s chairing of the African Union and shed the light on Egypt being a meeting point between both the African and Arab civilizations.

In light of this, the forum included the discussion of several crucial topics that relate to the development of both regions. These topics included the future of scientific research and health care, and the impact of advanced technology and innovation in Africa and the Arab region.

A number of senior officials attended the opening ceremony including, representatives and public figures from Africa such as Mariam al-Mansouri, the UAE’s first female fighter pilot; Moussa Faki, the African Union Commission chairperson; Nelson Mandela’s grandson; Syrian journalist and anchor Zaina Yazigi and Ahmad Ahmad, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

As for the Arab and African countries that contributed in the AYF, they included Nigeria, Djibouti, Chad, Ghana, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gambia, Sudan, Gabon, Iraq, Palestine, Guinea and Mozambique. 

 

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Travel Guide: Egypt’s First long-distance Hiking Trail

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This new hiking trail is considered to be the first long distance trail in Egypt, it begins and ends by the Gulf of Aqaba, the 105-mile Red Sea Mountain Trail will take hikers through the epic deserts of Sinai.

Egypt is known for its breathtaking scenery of mountains, and through this trail, tourists will be able to walk through the mountainscapes west of the beach-side of Hurghada. Thus giving them an authentic experience of Egypt, and introduce them to Egypt’s beautiful culture and the local Bedouin tribes.

This trail was previously composed of ancient routes that Bedouin created; to help them in traveling, trading, and hunting, and it is owned by a local tribe names Maaza.

The 42 day sea-to-summit route is just the perfect way; to showcase Egypt’s iconic wilderness.

The aim of the project is to of course benefit tourism and also the Bedouin community; by preserving their culture and showcasing it to the world.

It will help give Bedouins leadership roles, and empower them to tell their own stories about the heritage of their homeland.

If you’re not much of a hiker, don’t worry because there are easier and shorter circuits within the Red Sea Mountain.

Note that such a hike can’t be done on your own, and that having a local guide is mandatory for safety measures.

“From vast, desert plains to deep gorges and high, rugged summits, and from crumbling Roman towns to prehistoric rock art and chapels of Egypt’s early Desert Fathers the Red Sea Mountain Trail shows the best of the region’s inimitable beauty,”

For all their latest updates, and to follow up on their hikes, check their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/redseamountaintrail/ or visit their website: http://sinaitrail.org/

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