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  • First Hellenistic gymnasium in Egypt discovered at Watfa village in Fayoum

    A German-Egyptian archaeological mission has discovered the first Hellenistic gymnasium ever found in Egypt, located at Medinat Watfa, in the northwest of Fayoum Oasis. The mission from the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), headed by Professor Cornelia Römer, made the discovery as part of its ongoing excavations at the Watfa site. Watfa is the location of the ancient village Philoteris, founded…

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  • Tech Shows 2,000-Year-Old Mummy of a Little Girl in Amazing Detail

    Some 2,000 years ago, the body of a girl who was around 5 years old was mummified and laid to rest somewhere in Egypt. Many of her internal organs were removed, and she was wrapped in fine linen with round earrings, a necklace and an amulet. Now, a new technique that merges colorful 3D scans of the mummy’s surface with…

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  • Coptic tombstone unearthed at Sphinxes Avenue in Luxor

    Egyptian archaeologists in Luxor have stumbled upon a decorative Coptic tombstone buried on the eastern side of the Sphinxes Avenue, under Al-Mathan Bridge. The tombstone is carved of limestone and decorated with a cross and Coptic texts, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Ahram Online. The exact date of the object has not yet been ascertained,…

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  • Asp – or ash? Climate historians link Cleopatra’s demise to volcanic eruption

    The fall of Cleopatra’s Egypt to Augustus, the first Roman emperor, is usually told as a melodramatic power struggle between elites on the world stage. Cleopatra famously forged a doomed political alliance with the Roman general Mark Antony, who was also her lover. But when their combined forces were defeated at the battle of Actium, the pair killed themselves and…

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  • 4000 years old wooden head discovered in Sakkara – UPDATE

    If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck…. or in this case a New Kingdom (18th Dynasty) wooden head. I’m afraid my opinion directly contradicts today’s press release from the Ministry of Antiquities about a wooden head from Saqqara identified as possibly the 6th dynasty queen Ankhnespepy II. The first two images are…

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  • 4000 years old wooden head discovered in Sakkara

    A wooden head, probably of the sixth dynasty queen Ankhnespepy II, has been unearthed in the area located to the east of her Pyramid in Sakkara necropolis during excavation work carried out by a French-Swiss team from Geneva University. Dr. Mostafa Waziry, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced today. Dr. Waziry explains that the head is almost human…

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  • Czech archaeologists discover Ramses II temple remains south of Cairo

    Dr. Mostafa Waziry, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced the discovery. Dr. Waziry explains that the discovery comes after the mission had found in 2012 archaeological evidences that shows the existence of a temple in this area, a fact that encourages the mission to resume its excavations in this area and the neighborhood along the last four years.…

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  • Old Kingdom pyramid peak discovered in Saqqara

    A Swiss-French archaeological mission directed by Professor Philippe Collombert from the University of Geneva has unearthed a large granite pyramidion, or pyramid peak, probably belonging Queen Ankhnespepy II, in the Saqqara necropolis. This is the second discovery in a week by the Swiss-French mission, according to the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri. The team previously unearthed…

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  • Batch of colossal statues to be moved to Grand Egyptian Museum on Wednesday

    A gathering of journalists and TV crews are scheduled to witness the arrival of a dozen colossal statues at the new Grand Egyptian Museum on Wednesday. Tarek Tawfik, supervisor general, told Ahram Online that the statues are being transported from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir and include a unique collection of depicting the fourth dynasty king Khafre, a bust of…

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  • Ancient wall markings of wild animals uncovered in South Aswan

    During an archaeological survey in the desert of Subeira Valley, south Aswan, an Egyptian archaeological mission from the Ministry of Antiquities stumbled upon pre-Dynastic rock markings. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that the markings can be dated to the late pre-Dynastic era, and were found engraved on sandstone rocks. They depict scenes of troops of…

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