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Luxor Times: 25 Aug 2010

Luxor Times

Wednesday 25 August 2010

The Nubian museum will be closed for 2 weeks for security issues.

Dr. Zahi Hawass announced that a specialised company was chosen to work on an intensive project to replace the surveillance cameras and security system including the alarms which are out of date and suffer of repetitive malfunctions since the museum opening in1997.
Hawass added that the museum will be closed for 2 weeks plus intensify of security personnel presence during the project inside the museum and in the surroundings.
The Egyptian Hotels association and tourism police were notified to take the required procedures.

The discovery of remains of a substantial settlement at El-Kharga Oasis

-->The American-Egyptian mission from Yale University has stumbled upon what appears to be the remains of a substantial settlement. The city is a thousand years earlier than the major surviving ancient remains at the Umm El-Mawagir area in Kharga Oasis.
Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, announced that the settlement is dated to the Second Intermediate Period (ca.1650-1550 BC) and was discovered during excavation work as part of the Theban Desert Road Survey. This project serves to investigate and map the ancient desert routes in the Western desert.
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), said that the newly discovered settlement is 1km long from north to south and 250m wide from east to west. It lies along the bustling caravan routes connecting the Nile Valley of Egypt and the western oasis with points as far as Darfur in western Sudan.  Hawass continued that archaeological evidence at the site indicated that its inhabitants were part of an administrative center and they were engaged in baking on a massive scale.
Dr. John Coleman Darnell, head of the Yale mission, said that during excavations remains of large administrative mud brick structures were found. These buildings consisted of rooms and halls similar to administrative buildings previously found in several sites in the Nile Valley. These sites may have been used as a lookout post as part of the administrative center of the settlement. Part of an ancient bakery was also found with two ovens and a potter’s wheel, used to make the ceramic bread molds in which the bread was baked. The amount of remains from the debris dumps outside the bakery suggests that the settlement produced a food surplus and may have even been feeding an army.
 Dr. Deborah Darnell, co-director of the mission, said that early studies on the site revealed that the settlement began during the Middle Kingdom (2134-1569 BC) and lasted to the beginning of the New Kingdom (1569-1081 BC). However the site was at its peak from the late Middle Kingdom (1786-1665 BC) to the Second Intermediate Period (1600-1569 BC).

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Van Gogh Painting .... Latest update

The photo below shows the painting(Right) and the frame at the museum now (Left). There were few surprises during the investigations. The minister of Culture,Farouk Hosni went to the General Prosecutor himself to testify with his knowledge concerning the current ongoing investigations.
The surprise is what he said and what the Deputy minister who is in custody now said about the museum status.

All of this,you will read it on our blog tomorrow
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