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February 2021

News from Egypt 

The first archaeological discovery of 2021 in Saqqara.
The Egyptian archaeological mission has discovered the funerary temple of Queen Nearit, the wife of King Teti, part of which was already uncovered in the previous years and dates back the Old Kingdom. In addition to the plan of the temple, among the most important discoveries was the unveiling of 52 burial shafts, with more than 50 wooden coffins dating back to the New Kingdom.
 
A New Archaeological Discovery in Alexandria
In Alexandria,16 graves have burials in the rock-cut tombs (burial shafts) that were popular in the Greek and roman eras.  Within these shafts were a few mummies in addition to amulets of gold foil.

Rams Statues in Karnak
A project is underway in Luxor to restore 29 of the Rams statues located behind the first pylon in the Temple of Amun Ra at the temple of Karnak.
 
Discovering the Remains of a Roman Fort in Aswan
The Egyptian archaeological mission from the Supreme Council of Antiquities, working in the Shiha archaeological site in Aswan, discovered remains of a roman fort with remains of a church from the early Coptic era. Among the findings was the remains of a temple from the Ptolemaic period, and an incomplete sandstone panel.
 
A Gift to the Egyptian Post Museum
When the opening of the Egyptian Post Museum after its restoration, the Ministry gave the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology a carriage that was used for transporting postal material from train stations to small cities. Such carriages were brought from England in the year 1880, where they were intended to carry the luggage and mail of the king in the 20th century. This Carriage was in the Royal Carriages Museum.
 
Grand Egyptian Museum
Work at the Grand Egyptian Museum has continued apace and is apparently 90% there- hopefully opening in July.
70% of the foundation work of the building dedicated to Khufu Solar Boats was completed, and 75% of the foundations and concrete works for the security control gate have been completed. The museum has already received 5,103 artefacts out of a total of 54,767; among the most important pieces that were transferred are the Saqqara coffins, and conservation work has been done for 7,081 artefacts out of a total of 5,4056, the most important of which are King Amenemhat I’s Gate and a shield from King Tutankhamun’s collection.King Ramses II’s obelisk has been installed in front of the main entrance of the museum with a unique elevated design that allows visitors to see a rare cartouche bearing the name of King Ramses II.
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