History

17 historical manuscripts stolen, 183 vulnerable to damage and theft

 
Claudia Ott found the "101 Nights" manuscript exhibited in a vitrine with other objects from Andalusia in “Treasures of the Agha Khan Museum: Masterpieces of Islamic Art” exhibit in Berlin.
 
 
Image courtesy of Caludia Ott
29 Jul 2014
Professor of Medieval History at the University of Zagazig Amr Abdel Aziz sent a number of letters to Sharqiya governor, the Supreme Council for Culture, and the National Library of Documents, to save 183 rare manuscripts that have been...
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Antiquities Ministry calls for suspension of selling of statue in London

08 Jul 2014
An Antiquities Ministry official left Cairo on Monday to follow up on developments of selling statue of Sekhemka, of the fifth dynasty, in London.   The ministry earlier addressed the Foreign Ministry to take necessary measures to...
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Gamal Abdel Nasser’s museum to open in 2015

President Gamal Abdel Nasser 
08 Jul 2014
Culture Minister Gaber Asfour said that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will open the museum of the late president Gamal Abdel Nasser in 2015. Around 70 percent of the building's construction is complete. The Abdel Nasser museum...
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Egypt receives eight smuggled artifacts from Denmark

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 12, 2011 file photo, a wooden statue of Tutankhamun, right, the gilded bronze and wooden trumpet of Tutankhamun and a part of Tutankhamun's fan, left, three of four objects that were missing and returned, are displayed during a news conference in the office of Egypt's Minister of State for Antiquities Zahi Hawass, in Cairo. Taking advantage of Egypt's political upheaval, thieves have gone on a treasure hunt with a spree of illegal digging, preying on the country's ancient pharaonic heritage.
08 Jul 2014
The Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that it received eight artifacts from Denmark to be delivered to the Ministry of Antiquities on Wednesday. The artifacts were stolen from the Ghanem al-Bahloun Mosque on 18 May 2008 and illegally...
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Ancient Roman city discovered under Nile Delta silt

01 Jul 2014
The Minister of Antiquities and Heritage Mamdouh al-Damaty announced the discovery of the remains of an ancient city dating back to the Roman era, located at a distance of approximately 25 km south of the Rashid's Nile branch in...
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24 smuggled artifacts set to return from Germany Friday

26 Jun 2014
On Friday evening, Cairo Airport is set to receive 24 stolen artifacts that were retrieved from the Egyptian museum in Leipzig University, Germany.   The Minister of Antiquities said in a statement on Thursday that the...
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Minister: Archaeological weapons found under Mediterranean

22 Jun 2014
Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said on Sunday several antique weapons were found deep under the Mediterranean near the entrance of the Alexandrian seaport.   The weapons range from rifles to guns, dating back to the 18th...
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Ancient Cyprian plague remnants discovered in Luxor

19 Jun 2014
The Italian archaeological mission discovered in Luxor remnants of the Cyprian plague that claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people in the capital of the Roman Empire, including two emperors at least. According to Time magazine,...
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British court rules for return of six smuggled Egyptian artifacts

07 May 2014
Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that a British court issued a decree ordering the return of six artifacts to Egypt after they were smuggled into England after the 2011 revolution. "The verdict is the first of its kind in...
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Ancient statesman skeleton found in Giza

Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim 
24 Mar 2014
In collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities, a Czech mission working in the area of Abu Seer in Giza discovered a skeleton of a senior statesman called Nefer who lived under rule of the King Nefer-ir-ka-Re of the fifth dynasty...
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