Egypt Independent: Science-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Environment/rss.xml en Luxor to allow tourists visit ancient tombs at night http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2448417 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/06/26/484151/208217_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The authorities in the Upper Egyptian province of Luxor, in Upper Egypt are preparing to open the ancient royal tombs, located west of the city, for tourists at night, for the first time in history.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Luxor Governor Mohamed Badr &nbsp;said the authorities are coordinating with the Antiquities Ministry in order to provide appropriate lighting and open the sites ahead of the start of the tourist season in October. The project is aimed at diversifying the offer of tourist attractions in Luxor and at avoiding the high daytime temperatures. It will also take advantage of the Al-Qama mountain lighting project, which cost LE 56 million.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Speaking to the German news agency DPA, Badr added that the historic Madamod temple, located northeast of the city, might also soon be open for tourists.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from DPA</em></div> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:54:00 +0000 DPA 2448417 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/06/26/484151/208217_0.jpg Minister: Ancient tomb of king discovered in Quweissna http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2448340 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/02/24/39/damaty.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>An excavation team from the Egypt Exploration Society, in collaboration with the Antiquities Ministry, discovered the tomb of King Khaba of the third dynasty at the Quweissna archaeological site.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty highlighted the importance of the excavation, as it is the first time an ancient tomb has been discovered in Quweissna, the location being better known for archaeological tombs that date back to the Roman era.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Discovering a tomb for this king is a new archaeological accomplishment as he is one of the kings we do not know a lot about. Much research and study will be necessary to reveal his age and unveil his history,&rdquo; Damaty added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Discovering a tomb in the central Delta, according to Damaty, will allow researchers to understand the regional administration system of Egypt at that time.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from MENA</em></div> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:21:00 +0000 MENA 2448340 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/24/39/damaty.jpg Antiquities Minister: 123 stolen artifacts retrieved from Washington http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2448328 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/02/10/484151/hieroglyph.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><div>The Antiquities&nbsp;Ministry will be receiving 123 artifacts from Washington&nbsp;over the next few days&nbsp;after the ministry proved they had been stolen.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said in a statement on Sunday that the artifacts, which represent different eras of ancient Egyptian civilization,&nbsp;were smuggled illegally and seized by customs in New York, adding that the ministry has recently signed agreements with several countries which allow Egypt to retrieve stolen artifacts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ali Ahmed, director of the Retrieved Antiquities Department, said that among the pieces to be recovered are colored wooden coffins for a woman from the 26th Dynasty, four wooden statues of birds representing the spirit in the ancient Egyptian culture, statues dating back to the Third Intermediate Period and a plate dating back to the Modern State era.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:58:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2448328 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/10/484151/hieroglyph.jpg Archaeologists devasted with historical site demolition in Alexandria http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2448317 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/04/20/501010/theater_04-20-15.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-c72b4985-d613-7c2a-ba5f-3be22fb877ab" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Several archaeologists have said they filed a report with public prosecutor Hesham Barakat over the demolition of the Al-Abd theater in Alexandria.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><img alt="" class="spotlight" src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10690158_1440997569531969_4612978718086676462_n.jpg?oh=990223dc686f3f2a378cbec140780102&amp;oe=55D87F18&amp;__gda__=1437106721_6f56b093bbb8908959cb8ebc068a317a" style="width: 536px;" /></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">They added that the report included the cultural and archaeological importance of the theater.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><img alt="" class="spotlight" src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xtp1/v/t1.0-9/11143731_1440997559531970_4374543970149669232_n.jpg?oh=9429000657373e42c599e43ddc5c2257&amp;oe=55E3D33A&amp;__gda__=1436465692_fb89bace1ab48b735253d06291338711" style="width: 536px;" /></span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The site of the theater, located in Camp Shizar, was discovered in 2013. It dates back to the Roman and Hellenistic eras, lying in a residential neighborhood just a block inland from the Mediterranean coast.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The demolition took place on Thursday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Archaeological researcher Monica Hanna told <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em>, &ldquo;The site includes unique artifacts that exist nowhere else in the Mediterranean.&rdquo;</div><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><img alt="" class="spotlight" src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/11139376_1440997549531971_3511464338172029234_n.jpg?oh=cd60bb2b42eea955ca4b72d6ee24f278&amp;oe=55D4A4DD&amp;__gda__=1441039965_bc1ed39af6e168b1bdf76f58d3686c58" style="width: 536px;" /></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&ldquo;The engineering committee formed by Youssef Khalifa, former head of the Egyptian antiquities sector, said in a report that the site includes duplicate artifacts that the Antiquities Ministry already has,&rdquo; she added.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><img alt="" class="spotlight" src="https://scontent-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/18811_1440997526198640_1339361236006443517_n.jpg?oh=4ff3f0511f569aa32a82c20a912420b4&amp;oe=559A2C87" style="height: 243px; width: 536px;" /></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&ldquo;Demolition took place secretly and without informing archaeologists who performed the excavations three years ago,&rdquo; Hanna said.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><img alt="" class="spotlight" src="https://scontent-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/11100353_1440997589531967_303517490314995998_n.jpg?oh=88ce70118bff3a39cb1a8d4e48f2be2c&amp;oe=55E082FE" style="width: 536px;" /></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Osama Karrar, coordinator of the popular committee defending antiquities said, &ldquo;This archaeological site was discovered at Camp Shiraz in Alexandria next to the Sayyed Darwish restaurant and hotel. Despite the importance of the site, the ministry wanted to demolish it and hand the land over to a contracting company.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><img alt="" class="spotlight" src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xtp1/v/t1.0-9/11141146_1440997522865307_8915449567995009602_n.jpg?oh=903a0fe5fbf52c146610d3af7b3a1075&amp;oe=559A8F79&amp;__gda__=1440183391_11e5cec9509dcd3677f920e30589dfdd" style="width: 536px;" /></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&ldquo;Excavation showed that the site included tombs that belonged to the Romanian-Greek era,&rdquo; he said.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><img alt="" class="spotlight" src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/13854_1440997566198636_2907677029234339801_n.jpg?oh=efd389daa702bc46f3f6ad579641e360&amp;oe=55AA4135&amp;__gda__=1440758216_1ab4135c10bb9f7ffe7edf9c84c42050" style="width: 536px;" /></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:44:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2448317 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/04/20/501010/theater_04-20-15.jpg