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Egyptian lost city dating back over 3,400 years discovered

– – Egyptian Archaeologists have announced the discovery of a lost ancient city which was supposedly buried under sand for thousands of years. Experts say the discovery is one of the most important finds since unearthing Tutankhamun’s tomb. Famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass who announced the discovery of what is called the “lost golden city”, said the site was uncovered near Luxor, home of the legendary Valley of the Kings. The archeology team said in a statement that “The Egyptian mission under Dr. Zahi Hawass found the city that was lost…

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Photos: Historic parade held for Egyptian mummies in Cairo

A historic parade was held on Saturday for Egypt’s ancient rulers through the capital, Cairo. 22 mummies made up of 18 kings and four queens were transported from the neo-classical Egyptian Museum to their new resting place 5km away. Transported with great fanfare the mummies were paraded in chronological order of their reigns – from the 17th Dynasty ruler, Seqenenre Taa II, to Ramses IX, who reigned in the 12th Century BC. The mummy of King Ramses II was among those to be transported. Photo: Reuters The mummies were placed…

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Suez Canal: Ships begin sailing through cleared waterway

Ships have started sailing through Egypt’s Suez Canal again, a day after a giant container vessel blocking the vital trade route was freed. Thirty-seven ships that were struck at the midway point cleared the waterway overnight, while 70 others are due to travel its entire length on Tuesday. The canal authorities hope to clear the traffic jam of some 300 vessels waiting to use it within three-and-a-half days. Meanwhile, the freed ship will be inspected for seaworthiness by experts. The 400m-long (1,312ft), 200,000-tonne Ever Given became wedged diagonally across the…

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‘World’s oldest’ mass-production brewery unearthed in Egypt

A high-production brewery believed to be more than 5,000 years old has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists at a funerary site in southern Egypt, the tourism ministry said Saturday. The site containing several “units” consisting of about 40 earthenware pots arranged in two rows was uncovered at North Abydos, Sohag, by a joint Egyptian-American team, the ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page. The brewery likely dates back to the era of King Narmer, it quoted the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa…

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Egypt frees Al Jazeera journalist after four years in detention

– – Egyptian authorities on Saturday released a journalist working for Qatar’s Al Jazeera television network who was held in pre-trial detention for more than four years, his brother and a lawyer told Reuters. Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian detained in December 2016‮‮‮ ‬‬‬after arriving in Cairo from Doha on vacation, was held on charges of spreading false news, joining a banned group and receiving foreign funds. He was released after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed in January to restore diplomatic, trade and travel ties with…

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Mummies with golden tongues found by archaeologists

– – An Egyptian-Dominican archaeological mission working near Alexandria has discovered mummies from around 2,000 years ago bearing golden-tongued amulets, the Egyptian authorities said on Wednesday. “The mission discovered 16 tombs cut into the rock… in the temple of Taposiris Magna, west of Alexandria” in northern Egypt, the antiquities ministry said in a statement, adding that the burial technique was widespread in the Greek and Roman periods. The tombs contained several mummies that were “poorly preserved” but bore “gold-leafed amulets in the shape of a tongue”. The amulets were placed…

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Egypt: Temple and coffins unearthed at archaeological site

– – Egypt has announced a major archaeological discovery at the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. Archaeologists have unveiled 54 wooden coffins, many of which can be traced back 3000 years to the New Kingdom period. Another major discovery is the funerary temple of Queen Neit near the pyramid of her husband, King Teti of Egypt’s 6th dynasty which dates back 4200 years. The famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who headed the archaeological mission said the coffins include the first dating back to the New Kingdom to be found at Saqqara,…

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Egypt secures $1.67 billion in aid from the IMF

– – The board of the International Monetary Fund on Friday approved the release of a second tranche of aid valued at $1.67 billion for Egypt, saying public debt and Covid-19 threatened its economic recovery. In June, the board approved a one-year, $5.2 billion financing package for Egypt. With the latest disbursement, more than $3.6 billion will have been released. “The Egyptian authorities have managed well the Covid-19 pandemic and the related disruption to economic activity,” Antoinette Sayeh, the IMF deputy managing director, said. “There are still risks to the…

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Al Ahly beat Zamalek to win African Champions League title

– – A sensational late Mohamed Magdy goal gave Al Ahly victory over Cairo rivals Zamalek in the first ever one-legged African Champions League final. Magdy’s 88th-minute winner settled an entertaining match in which his side had gone ahead early through Amr El Soleya, only for Shikabala to cancel that out before half-time with a world-class effort of his own. Ahly should already have been leading after Elshahat somehow hit the post when faced with a completely empty net early in the second half. The win gave them a record-extending…

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Egypt finds treasure trove of over 100 sarcophagi

– – Egypt announced Saturday the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. Archaeologists opened one coffin to reveal a mummy wrapped in a burial shroud adorned with brightly coloured hieroglyphic pictorials.…

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