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Luxor Times: 31 Oct 2010

Luxor Times

Sunday 31 October 2010

Current Research of The German Archaeological Institute at Dahshur. Prof. Nicole Alexanian

The Mission of the German Archeological Institute, Cairo has been recently concentrating on the area of the Lower Temple of the Bent Pyramid and that located to the west of Amenemhat II’s pyramid at Dahshur. In 2008, magnetometric measurements and borings have revealed the lower causeway that leads to the Lower Temple of the Bent Pyramid. Excavation trenches conducted in 2009 and 2010 uncovered a sledge way containing considerable number of relief fragments originally belonging to the Lower Temple. On a deeper level, two massive lateral mud brick covered with a mud brick vault were discovered.
In the area to the west of the Pyramid of Amenemhat II, the German Mission has uncovered a cemetery. Burial shafts in this cemetery are laid out in rows running parallel to the enclosure wall of the Pyramid Complex of Amenemhat II. This indicates that the cemetery was planned and executed in direct relation to the Pyramid Complex. Those shaft-tombs most probably belong to officials from the court of King Amenemhat II. Interestingly, the layout of this Middle Kingdom cemetery seems to be inspired by much earlier prototypes.

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Memphis development project

Dr. Zahi Hawass announced that the Supreme Council of Antiquities decided to work on a big project to develop Memphis area with a cost of 41 million pounds.
The Centre of Archaeology and Environment engineering, Cairo University will study a plan to control the underground water in the area. The project includes building walls around the archaeological sites to protect it and start restores the antiquities in that area.
Dr. Sabry Abd ElAziz said the project will include establishing a visitor’s centre to show the history of the area that was the capital of Egypt under the rule of Menes (3100 B.C).
That area where the famous statue of Ramses II was found before relocate it in the square opposite Cairo’s train station before it was transferred to the new Grand Museum location in 2006. There are Ptah temple and Hathor temples in the area under development too.

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