EGYPTIAN MUMMIES – ANCIENT LIVES – NEW DISCOVERIES

I AM VERY HAPPY TO TELL YOU THAT I AM ON MY WAY TO LONDON TO SEE THE EXHIBITION AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM SHOWING HOW MUMMIES CAN NOW BE X-RAYED,   AVOIDING UNWRAPPING THEM AND DISTURBING WHAT HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO.

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MORE DETAILS WHEN I WILL BE BACK  IN A FEW WEEKS.

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EGYPTIAN STATUE SEKHEMKA SOLD FOR $27 MILLION.

DO WE REALLY HAVE THE RIGHT TO SELL OTHER COUNTRIES PRECIOUS ANTIQUITIES? EVEN IF THEY WERE GIFTED TO US?

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This week Christies Auction House of London sold the statue of SEKHEMKA – a limestone statue, 30″ high, for a little over US 27 million. The 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue was gifted to the Northampton Museum in England in 1880.

Northampton Borough Council decided to auctioned the SEKHEMKA limestone statue to help fund a £14m extension to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery..

The Egyptian ambassador to Britain said the council should have handed the statue back if it did not want it.

The following is quote of a BBC report —-

Before the auction, Egyptian Ambassador Ahsraf Elkholy condemned the sale as an abuse to the Egyptian archaeology and the cultural property.

He said: “Our objection starts from this basic principle: how can a museum sell a piece in its collection when it should be on display to the public? Furthermore we are concerned this piece may be moved into a private collection.”

‘Darkest cultural day’ “A museum should not be a store. SEKHEMKA belongs to Egypt and if Northampton Borough Council does not want it then it must be given back.

“It’s not ethical that it will be sold for profit and also not acceptable. The council should have consulted with the Egyptian government.”

Christie’s said it would reveal details of the new owner later.

Protesters gathered outside Christie’s before the sale said they wanted the statue to be returned to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities.

Sue Edwards, from the Save SEKHEMKA Action Group, who travelled from Northampton to the auction, said: “This is the darkest cultural day in the town’s history.

“The local authority has made a huge mistake but we will continue our fight to save SEKHEMKA.” (end of quote).

As the Egyptian Ambassador said, ” If they don’t want the statue give it back to Egypt.” But instead THEY ARE MAKING EGYPT PAY for an extension to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery ——-  certainly not what SEKHEMKA was meant for when she moved to England.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK – SOUVENIRS

 

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OPEN MUSEUM AT KARNAK

The Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor is often called the biggest outdoor museum in the world.
But the last time I visited, a friend of mine said: “You must not miss to see the “Open Museum.”

Open  Museum? I was puzzled, “But it is all open isn’t it?” I asked

“Yes, but there is a section apart from the main complex,  the Open Museum. It is an area where art effects found later are going to be displayed. It is a work in progress.”

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It was a very hot afternoon and we were only three people to visit. Oh, yes there is an entrance fee, which is very little. Maybe that is why the men at the booth asked me repeatedly if I needed the bathroom – the tip for using it was more than the few pennies for the visit, and they were happy I needed to go.

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Walking passed a tomb,

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a few status standing here and there,

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and a large field of yet unidentified stones showing what a tremendous task it is to reconstruct the past.

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It is not easy to find because it is really outside the main complex, but once you do, it will be worth your time, and if you need protection from the brutal sun of Egypt there are some beautiful trees to protect you.IMG_1894-2

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK – CHILDREN CAN SLEEP ANYWHERE!

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….AND THEY HAVE GUARDIAN ANGELS ALL OVER THE WORLD!

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK – HI GOOD-LOOKING!

 

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LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA

The Ancient Library of Alexandria is famous and known to most for having burned. Maybe our interest stops there because we know it does no longer exist, and for a long time that was true. But on October 17, 2002 with the help of UNESCO, the modern library of Alexandria was officially opened — very near where the ancient library stood.

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The ancient library was created by Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian general and the successor of Alexander the Great, in the 3rd Century BC. It became famous world-wide because it was the FIRST PUBLIC library in history, and it is believed that it contained over 7000,000 books. There had been many libraries in the time of the pharaohs, but they had been exclusive for priest of the temples and the royal family.

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When and why the library burned historians have never agreed on. Some say it happened when Julius Caesar landed on the Mediterranean Sea shore in front of Alexandria in the year 48 BC. Others think it stood still in 640 AD. when the Muslims burned it under the order of Amr Ibn Al Aas, who conquered Egypt at the time. – Well we will never know, but as so often in life fame comes with loss.
The modern Library of Alexandria is in al Shatby in front of Al Selsela beach, facing the Mediterranean sea. IMG_2771The oval shape is surrounded by a great wall, made of Aswan Granite, and there are inscriptions in 120 languages on it. The goal today is the same as that of the ancient library – to support the people of the Arab world and the Middle East in research and different fields of science – and it is considered the first digital library in the world with space for 8 million books.

Reading Rooms

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Different research areas

Different research areas

There are three museums, research centers, two permanent galleries, six exhibition halls, internet archives, an audio and visual library, a conference center, and a special library for blind people.

It was my last afternoon in Alexandria, and the library was my last stop. Standing in the hall of this magnificent complex I knew that I would need several days to see it all. In the few hours I had  the best I could do was to take a look around. I looked around, but then I got stopped by a special exhibition about the life of Anwar El-Sadat, once Egypt’s President.is[5]

 

It showed his life and career in every detail – from the books he read, to personal items such as a hairbrush, his clothes, photos of him with  famous people, touching memorabilia about  his wife, and then in the last glass case was the uniform he wore when he was assassinated in 1981 at the age 62. The bullet hole still showing traces of blood brought back very vividly the event I had seen on television that fatal day in l981!

Visiting Alexandria you won’t find the Ancient Bibliotheca, but from the new library you can still see the Mediterranean Sea, some things don’t change.

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