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Archives: November, 2010

West Bank Lighting Project Completed

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A project to light up the hills have the West Bank of Luxor has been completed.

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Ahly National Bank of Egypt to Return Artifacts

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Ahly National Bank of Egypt (ANBE) has uncovered that a client of theirs deposited 200 objects in the early 20th century. It appears that an Armenian and a British Collector had rented 2 vaults from the bank and, because of no payment nor anyone coming forward to claim the contents of the vault, the ANBE inspected the vaults to discover a collection of artifacts in 3 boxes. In compliance with Egyptian law, the ANBE is returning the antiquities to the SCA.

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A New Sphinx Avenue Discovered in Luxor

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A new avenue, running east-west (towards the Nile), has been discovered in Luxor. The 12 sphinxes are not located between Karnak and Luxor temples but a new road built by Nectanebo I (380 - 362 BCE). The discovery was made as a part of the Ministry of Culture's plan to unearth and develop the Avenue of Sphinxes that once connected Luxor and Karnak temples.

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New system of lighting in the Museo Egizio of Turin

The museum has provided a new system of lighting for the burial of Kha and Merit to improve the experience of the visitor.

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The Met to Return 19 Objects to Egypt

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In the spirit of cooperation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, has offered to return 19 artifacts to the Egyptian government on the discovery that they come from the tomb of Tutankhamun.

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Pharaonic inscription discovered in Saudi Arabia

Dating to the time of Ramses III, the inscription was found in the Tayma Oasis and was discovered first in July of this year.

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New Amenhetep III statue found on the West Bank in Luxor

Found in a similar place as the other Amenhetep III statue a few weeks ago, the upper parts of a double statue of red granite of the king was found northwest of Amenhetep III's temple site. Next to the king is Re-Hor-Akheti in the form of a falcon or hawk.

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University College London to open campus in Qatar to support heritage in the Gulf

University College London (UCL) is to open a campus in Qatar following an agreement between UCL, the Qatar Foundation and the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA). The new campus will offer courses in archaeology, conservation and museum studies as well as providing training to QMA staff. The campus is set to launch next year, initially providing vocational training to QMA museum staff with two MA degree courses set to start later.

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A 3,400 year old wall around the Sphinx discovered in Giza

An Egyptian mission under the direction of Zahi Hawass has discovered an 'enclosure wall' surrounding the Sphinx at Giza. One of the sections measures 86 m in length and nearly one meter in height. According to texts, it is to date to the reign of Thutmose IV.

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Mummy in Minnesota getting a CT Scan

The Science Museum in Saint Paul, MN has decided to run a CT scan on the mummy to uncover some of the mummy's mystery.

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