Antiquities - Ancient Egypt

Reconstruction of shrine to regional Old Kingdom ruler Winnie set to enhance Sohag National Museum

In an attempt to enhance the Sohag National Museum in Upper Egypt, the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) is in the process of reconstructing a shrine to the Old Kingdom regional ruler Winnie, which is set to become the museum’s newest attractions once complete.

In Photos: ‘Green Coffin’ lid of Late Period ancient Egyptian priest returned to Egypt

A recently recovered ancient Egyptian artefact known as the “Green Coffin” was returned on Monday from the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences in the United States after it had been smuggled illegally outside of Egypt.

In Photos: Late Period tombs uncovered at Tel El-Deir in Damietta

The Egyptian archaeological mission working at Tel El-Deir in Damietta uncovered 20 Late Period tombs that are either made of mud brick or are simple burials.

Egypt returns 176 recovered coin artefacts to Iraq, China, Saudi Arabia & Jordan

Egypt returned 176 stolen coin artefacts that were recovered in the country to Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and China on Monday during a ceremony held at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.

In Photos: Gold & soapstone jewellery discovered in 18th Dynasty cemetery in Upper Egypt's Minya

A British mission from Cambridge University working at Tell El-Amarna necropolis in Minya governorate in Upper Egypt discovered a small collection of gold and steatite (soapstone) jewellery in an 18th Dynasty (1550 to 1292 BC) cemetery.

In Photos: Large Ptolemaic funerary structure unearthed in Fayoum

The Egyptian archaeological mission at the Garza archaeological site in Egypt's Fayoum city uncovered on Thursday a large funerary building/structure dating back to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

In Photos: Egyptian mission unearths mummies with golden tongues in Quweisna necropolis

An Egyptian archaeological mission has unearthed a new part of the Quweisna necropolis in Menoufiya governorate that is replete in mummies with golden tongues.

In Photos: Egyptian mission uncovers remains of colonnades hall of 26th Dynasty Butu Temple

Remains of the colonnades hall of Butu Temple were uncovered during excavations carried out by an Egyptian archaeological mission at Tel Al-Farayeen, Kafr El-Sheikh in the northern Nile Delta.

Grand Egyptian Museum to host events and group visits in a test phase

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) will host limited events and group visits to some areas in the GEM complex to test site readiness and the visitor experience ahead of an operational trial phase that will be announced in due course.

In Photos: Egypt reopens Carter House in Luxor marking 100 years since discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb

The newly re-restored Carter House on the West Bank in Luxor reopened on Friday to mark the centenary of the greatest archaeological find ever made: the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb by British Egyptologist Howard Carter (1874–1939) and his team on this day in 1922.

In Photos: Ancient Greek-replica monumental tunnel-aqueduct system discovered west of Alexandria

The Dominican-Egyptian expedition led by Kathleen Martinez unearthed a monumental tunnel-aqueduct system and various royal busts and statues, potentially dating to the Graeco-Roman period, near the Ptolemaic-period Taposiris Magna temple in Borg El-Arab, west of the city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean.

Egypt foils artefact smuggling at Nuweiba port

The Nuweiba port’s archaeological unit on Saturday successfully foiled an attempt to smuggle a 15 centimetre tall bronze statue of Greek deity Aphrodite and a collection of 1,752 coins and weights.

In Photos: Thousands witness sun alignment at King Ramses II temple in Aswan

Around 4,000 foreign tourists, Arab and Egyptian visitors gathered on Saturday at sundown at the King Ramses II temple in Abu Simbel in Aswan to watch the sun alignment, an astronomical phenomenon that takes place biannualy – on the 22nd of October and 22nd of February.

Egypt's Zahi Hawass mobilises for return of artefacts from British Museum, Louvre

Renowned Egyptologist and former minister of antiquities Zahi Hawass published on Wednesday on his website and Instagram account an international petition on Change.org calling for the return of the two iconic ancient Egyptian artefacts the Rosetta Stone, from the British Museum in London, and the Dendera Zodiac, from the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Luxor operates solar-powered carts between Deir El-Bahari Temple, the Valley of Kings

To enhance visitors’ experience during their tour in museums and archaeological sites all over Egypt, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has provided solar energy-operated carts for on-site transportation in Luxor’s archaeological sites.

Egypt recovers ancient wooden coffin cover from Houston museum

Egypt has successfully recovered an ancient wooden coffin cover from a Houston museum in the US.

Egypt repatriates ancient artefact from Switzerland: Foreign ministry

The Egyptian embassy in Switzerland has recovered a smuggled ancient Egyptian statue, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday.

Israeli archaeologists unearth burial site from Ramses II era

A burial site from ancient Egypt’s Ramses II era filled with dozens of pottery pieces and bronze artefacts has been unearthed on a beach in Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Sunday according to AFP.

Sarcophagus of King Ramses II’s head of treasury unearthed in Saqqara, Giza

To the south of the causeway of King Unas in Saqqara necropolis, the archaeological mission of the Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University, headed by Ola El-Aguizy, stumbled upon the sarcophagus of Ptahemwia from the reign of King Ramses II, whose tomb was discovered last year in Saqqara.

Egypt repatriates two ancient Egyptian statues from Belgium

Egypt has recovered on Sunday two ancient Egyptian statues that were smuggled to Belgium, as the country continues intensive efforts to retrieve thousands of artefacts found in the unlawful possession of museums and individuals around the world.

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