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Tahrir’s Egyptian Museum receives guests for free on Tuesday

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Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani announced opening the Egyptian Museum to the public for free on Tuesday for locals and foreigners residing in Egypt, marking the 116th anniversary of the museum’s opening.

During the ceremony organized by the ministry on Monday at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir square, Anani said that the Egyptian Museum is the first reference to all archaeological museums in the world, as it contains over 160,000 unique and varied artifacts, noting that the museum will not be affected by the transfer of the Tutankhamun collection to Giza’s Grand Egyptian Museum, which is currently under construction.

Thepresence of as many as 31 ministers and over 34 ambassadors and cultural advisers confirms the Egyptian state’s interest in history and civilization and its strong support for heritage, Anani said.

Anani said that the Antiquities Ministry began to implement a plan of development of the Egyptian Museum, which includes exhibiting antiquitiesthat will replace the collection of Tutankhamun, as about 4,500 objects were already transferred to Giza’s new museum.

The development process is funded by a grant from the European Union for a period of seven years, Anani said, adding that the plan is implemented by the Ministry of Antiquities and an association of the directors of five European museums, including the Turin’s Egyptian Museum in Italy,London’s British Museum, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the Egyptian Museum of Berlin.

Sabah Abdel Razek, director general of the Egyptian Museum of Liberation, said Monday that the celebration of the 116th anniversary of the opening of the Egyptian Museum coincides with the presentation of rare relics of the royal tomb, Yuya and Tuya.

In an interview with al-Youm on dmc, Abdel Razek said that the archaeological collection has replaced the Tutankhamun collection, which was moved this year to the Grand Museum.

She explained that the artifacts of theYuya and Tuya tomb werecompletely discovered in 1905, about three years after the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir was officially inaugurated.

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The Egyptian Museum is home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. It displays 120,000 artifacts. The museum was first build in 1835 near Al-Azbakeyah Garden and in 1855 it was moved to the Cairo Salaheddin Citadel.

In 1855, the Egyptian government gave Archduke Maximilian of Austria many of the artifacts that are now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

In 1858, following the establishment of Egypt’s Antiquities Service under the direction of French archaeologist August Mariette, a new museum was established at Boulaq’s Nile bank.

But regretfully in 1878, the building suffered significant damage from the Nile River flooding. In 1892, the collections were moved to a former royal palace in Giza where they remained safe until 1902 when the museum in Tahrir Square was built.

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Another Great Discovery Uncovered in Minya Governorate of an Ancient Tomb

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Another great discovery has been made in Egypt’s Al-Ghuraifah, in Minya Governorate, where a tomb of an ancient Royal Treasury supervisor has been unearthed.

The ancient tomb was discovered the Egyptian archaeological mission working in the antiquities area of ​​Al-Ghuraifah, in Minya Governorate’s Tuna Al-Jabal, the tomb belongs to Badi Est, a Supervisor of the Royal Treasury.

A number of stone statues were found inside the tomb, all of which are in a good shape and preservation.

According to Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and Head of the Mission, the cemetery contained a 10 metre deep burial well that leads to a large room with niches carved into the rock.

The well is enclosed by regular shaped stone slabs and contained two limestone statues, one of which is in the shape of the Apis calf, and the other is shaped as a woman.

Waziri also added that the mission discovered 400 blue and green Ushabti statues bearing the name of the deceased, alongside the burials of six of his family members.

 

 

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Work Almost Done at the GEM and Here Are the Latest Updates You should Know!

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The largest museum in the world dedicated to ancient Egyptian culture, the Grand Egyptian Museum will soon be ready for the world to be wowed with its magnificence with 96.5% of the work in the museum finally done!

The general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum, Major-General Engineer Atef Moftah revealed that 96.5% of work at the GEM has finally been completed, amounting to the transferal of 55 thousand artifacts to the museum.

He also added that the display vitrines for the King Tutankhamun galleries are fully completed and are being tested at the moment. Moreover, 90% of the artifacts has been installed at the Grand Staircase and the surveillance and control system are being finalized.

Moftah also discussed the possibility of installing cable cars! He said that there is an ongoing study that is looking at connecting the beginning of the Fayoum Road with the museum. How cool would that ride be!

These cable cars will be used to transport tourists from the GEM’s hotel area all the way to the bottom of the Giza Plateau, making the ride both easier and much more enjoyable!

Also, there is another study is discussing the possibility of directly linking Cairo Airport and hotels that will be developed within the museum area.

Commenting on the recent discovery in Saqqara, Moftah said: “I requested that the Saqqara Cache be added to the artefacts scheduled for display in the GEM, as well as the Asasif Cache, both will join the museum’s exhibition programme. We will prepare two exhibition halls of the GEM to be called the ‘Hidden Hall’ to hold the coffins. The GEM has two museum exhibition halls with a total area of 2500 square meters, in addition to three halls measuring 600 square meters for temporary displays and exhibitions of both ancient and modern art”.

We can’t wait for the opening of the museum that will completely transform tourism in Egypt, a place that will display the first ever hanging obelisk on show at the entrance of the museum!

Who’s as excited as we are for the grand opening?

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Another Significant Discovery In Minya Unearthed Ancient Amulets and Scarab Figurines

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It looks like the Ministry of Antiquities is on a streak with some continuous discoveries that keep on blowing us away! This time, the Egyptian archeological mission uncovered amulets and scarab figurines in Minya Governate.

The amulets and scarab figurines that come in different sizes and shapes were discovered in ​​Al-Ghuraifa, Tuna Al-Jabal in Minya, they were found inside the coffin of Jehuty Imhotep, the chief priest of the god Jehuty from the 26th dynasty.

This discovery follows the announcement of yet another remarkable discovery just last week of over 59 coffins (also in the Minya Governate).

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عثرت البعثة الأثرية المصرية بمنطقة آثار الغريفة بتونا الجبل بالمنيا على مجموعة من التمائم و الجعارين مختلفة الأشكال و الأحجام الأسبوع الماضي داخل بئر للدفن، وذلك داخل تابوت جحوتي إم حتب، كبير كهنة الإله جحوتي من الاسرة 26. أسفرت أعمال الحفائر بالمنطقة كذلك عن العثور على بئر آخر للدفن بعمق ١٠ آمتار، وسوف تقوم البعثة بإزالة هذه الألواح للكشف عما ورائها من أسرار. The Egyptian archaeological mission in ​​Al-Ghuraifa, Tuna Al-Jabal in Minya discovered amulets and scarabs of different shapes and sizes inside the coffin of Jehuty Imhotep, the chief priest of the god Jehuty from the 26th dynasty. The discoveries were found by the mission last week inside a burial shaft. Excavations in the area also revealed another burial shaft, 10 meters deep. Inside it is a large burial chamber containing niches carved into the stones and lined with stone slabs. The mission will remove these panels to reveal more secrets behind them very soon.

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According to the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and head of the excavation mission, Mostafa Waziry, some of the newly discovered amulets are in the shape of hearts and others depict god Hathor’s head, the four sons of the god Horus, and a winged amulet.

Also worth mentioning is that a 10-metre-deep burial shaft was also discovered in the area, it houses a large chamber with three niches covered by stone beams.

Who knows what else lies hidden deep down in the underground of our magnificent country, waiting for us to discover it and dug it out!

 

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