Archaeological news from Africa

    • Fragment of Black granite statue of King Amenhotep III discovered in Sohag parking lot

      The Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery of an artifact in a parking lot in Akhmim, Sohag governorate, during a drilling operation to develop the site. The ministry said in a statement on Monday that the archaeological committee, which was formed under the chairmanship of Gamal Abdel Nasser, confirmed that the piece found in the parking is an official historical…

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    • Remains of royal ancient Egyptian artefacts uncovered in Tel Al-Pharaeen

      An Egyptian excavation mission has discovered remains of mud-brick walls and several artefacts that can be dated to different periods of the ancient Egyptian era as well as four furnaces from the Late Period (664-332 BCE) during excavation work carried out in Tel Al-Pharaeen archeological site known as “ancient Buto” in the Kafr Al-Sheikh Governorate. Ayman Ashmawy, Head of the…

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    • Strength of Egypt’s Canal of the Pharaohs re-emerges

      The Italian archaeological mission undertaken by the National Research Council (CNR) has brought to light imposing walls from a fortress situated on Egypt’s Canal of the Pharaohs, in Tell el-Maskhuta. That makes the site now one of the largest fortresses on the Nile Delta and most likely the best preserved from the age before that of ancient Rome. The discovery…

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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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