Met Museum to Return Prize Artifact Because It Was Stolen

The Met paid almost $4 million for the coffin, which will now be returned to Egypt, where it was said to have been looted in 2011.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art built a substantial exhibition last year around a new acquisition, a golden-sheathed coffin from the 1st century B.C. that was inscribed for Nedjemankh, a high-ranking priest of the ram-headed god Heryshef of Herakleopolis.
But the exhibit, “Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin,” shuttered earlier this week because the Met agreed to return the highly ornamented artifact to Egypt after investigators determined it had been recently plundered from that country.
Museum officials said that they bought the object from an art dealer in Paris in 2017 and were fooled by a phony provenance that made it seem as if the coffin had been legitimately exported decades ago.
But prosecutors with the Manhattan district attorney’s office presented the museum with evidence that suggested it had been looted from Egypt in 2011.

This was the latest of several incidents that have raised questions about the thoroughness of the museum’s vetting procedures when acquiring antiquities. The Met said it had fully cooperated with the district attorney’s investigation and added that the museum will “review and revise” its acquisitions process.
The investigators did not discuss the details of how they had discovered the artifact was looted, but District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement: “Stewards of the world’s most important artifacts have a duty to hold their acquisitions to the highest level of scrutiny.”

By Colin Moynihan  – The New York Times – February 15, 2019


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Mummified woman dating back 3,000 years unveiled in Egypt

Mummy found inside sarcophagus in Luxor tombs that also contained statues and figurines

Archaeologists remove the cover of a ancient Egyptian sarcophagus in Luxor.Archaeologists remove the cover of an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus in Luxor dating back more than 3,000 years. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

A well-preserved mummy of a woman inside a previously unopened coffin dating back more than 3,000 years has been unveiled in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor.
The sarcophagus was one of two found earlier this month by a French-led mission in the Al-Assasif necropolis on the western bank of the Nile.
The first one had been opened earlier and examined by officials, but Saturday’s unveiling was the first time authorities had opened a previously unopened sarcophagus before international media.
One of the two contained the “well-preserved” mummified remains of a woman named Thuya, the antiquities ministry said in a statement, but ministry spokeswoman Nevine Aref later said work was continuing to definitively identify the name of the mummy.

Archaeologists inspect the sarcophagus, which revealed a mummy of a woman called Thuya.Archaeologists inspect the sarcophagus, which revealed a mummy of a woman called Thuya. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

A group of mummies stacked together at the Al-Assasif necropolis.

A group of mummies stacked together at the Al-Assasif necropolis. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images



An archaeologist works on another sarcophagus discovered inside the tomb.An Archaeologist works on another sarcophagus discovered inside the tomb. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

One sarcophagus was rishi-style, which dates back to the 17th dynasty, while the other sarcophagus was from the 18th dynasty,” the minister of antiquities, Khaled al-Anani, said. “The two tombs were present with their mummies inside.”

The 18th dynasty dates back to the 13th century BC, a period noted for some of the most well-known pharaohs, including Tutankhamun and Ramses II.

Located between the royal tombs at the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings, the Al-Assasif necropolis is the burial site of nobles and senior officials close to the pharaohs.

Among the finds in the tomb were sarcophagi, statues and some 1,000 funerary figurines called ushabtis, made of wood, faience and clay.

Some of the ushabti funerary figurines.
Some of the ushabti funerary figurines. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images
The painted ceilings inside the tomb. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters
Hieroglyphs carved on a black wooden sarcophagus inlaid with gilded sheets, dating back to between the seventh and fourth centuries BC.
Hieroglyphs carved on a black wooden sarcophagus inlaid with gilded sheets, dating back to between the seventh and fourth centuries BC. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

The tomb belonged to Thaw-Irkhet-If, the mummification supervisor at the Temple of Mut in Karnak, according to the ministry. The tomb, which also contains mummies, skeletons and skulls, dates back to the middle kingdom – almost 4,000 years ago – but was reused during the late period.

Rubble 300m deep was removed over five months to uncover the tomb, which contained coloured ceiling with paintings depicting the owner and his family.

Egypt has revealed over a dozen ancient discoveries since the beginning of this year. The country hopes these discoveries will brighten its image abroad and revive interest among travellers who once flocked to its famed pharaonic temples and pyramids, but who have shunned the country since its 2011 political uprising.

Article from The Guardian Nov.25,2018

Reuters and Agence France-Presse contributed to this report


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Egypt says Village found in Nile Delta predated Pharaohs

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said Sunday that archeologists have unearthed one of the oldest villages ever found in the Nile Delta, with remains dating back to before the pharaohs.
The Antiquities Ministry said the Neolithic site was discovered in Tell el-Samara, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of Cairo. Chief archaeologist Frederic Gio said his team found silos containing animal bones and food, indicating human habitation as early as 5,000 B.C.
That would be some 2,500 years before the Giza pyramids were built.
In recent years, Egypt has touted discoveries in the hopes of reviving tourism after the unrest that followed its 2011 popular uprising.


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Egypt’s Ancient Dead

Researchers long thought the prehistoric mummies of Egypt were created by accident. But mounting evidence suggests people had a hand in preserving these ancient dead.
Photograph courtesy Museo Egizio
Science & Innovation

PUBLISHED August 15, 2018

The mummy lays delicately curled in the fetal position. Though it now rests in a museum in Turin, Italy, it assumed its vulnerable pose thousands of years ago in Egypt, baked in the searing sands near the banks of the Nile.
Dating to some 5,600 years ago, the prehistoric mummy at first seemed to have been created by chance, roasted to a decay-resistant crisp in the desert. But new evidence suggests that the Turin mummy was no accident—and now researchers have assembled a detailed recipe for its embalmment.



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Egypt’s Hope For The Future


Egypt is building the world’s largest solar park. The $2.8-billion Benban complex is located in Egypt’s Western Desert. Egpyt has set up ambitious goals to get at least 42 percent of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2025. The project will have 30 solar plants staffed by 4,000 workers and could supply as much as 1.8 gigawatts of electricity for residences and businesses around the country. Egyptian solar energy startup KarmSolar, which is behind the development, is the first company licensed to sell power off the national grid. — LA TIMES


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Egyptian Fashion

Store in Cairo

We are used to seeing women wearing Hijabs and top seblehs and Gallibayas but there are other choices!!!!!!

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It is certainly tender loving care which hides somebody’s treasure!














Seen on the streets of Cairo.

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Sunset Over The Nile

Sunsets are fascinating to watch anywhere – but there are some places where the fading rays of the sun add a mystery all its own – and Egypt is one of these special, intriguing places.

























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When you are on a boat in Cairo, Luxor, or Aswan the Nile never leaves you. It is 4,258 miles long and flows north draining into the Mediterranean Sea. It originates from the Blue Nile which begins at Lake Tana, in Ethiopia and joins the White Nile south of Khartoum in Sudan.

The Ancient Egyptians called Egypt the “gift of the Nile” since the kingdom owed its survival to the annual flooding of the Nile and the resulting depositing of fertile silt.

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Bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius Discovered in Egypt

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Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed the bust of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who was best known for his philosophical interests.

They made the discovery in the Temple of Kom Ombo, where a years-long project is being done to preserve the site from groundwater damage, The Associated Press reports.

The team also found other artifacts, including a shrine for the god Osiris-Ptah-Neb at a temple in Luxor, which is a few hours away from Kom Ombo. Additionally, a stone panel with a ram and goose sketched on it was found on an offering table, the Ministry of Antiquities announced on Sunday, AP reports.

In early March, archaeologists found multiple pieces of a King Ramses II statue in the Temple of Kom Ombo. The finding marks is of great importance because previously there was limited evidence that the temple was used during the ancient Egyptian modern state-era, according to Egypt Independent.

The rest of the statue has yet to be found, but archaeologists plan to continue their efforts at the site to hopefully uncover it. Another recent notable finding at the temple is the discovery of a sandstone carving that is believed to be the oldest carving ever found in Kom Ombo.


Egypt’s Ancient History will never stop to surprise us with  new, and interesting discoveries!

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