Archive – Dec 2011

Egyptology news – Archive news from December 2011

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The third phase of the GEM secured
The Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) announced the names of the two companies that won the bid to construct the third and last phase of the Grand Egyptian Museum overlooking the Giza plateau. Read the full story on the Ahram Online website.

The enchanting secrets of desert oases
Report on the recent “Oases Heritage” conference, organised by the Society for Preserving Egyptian Heritage, which discussed various topics pertaining to the oases and their past and present. Read the full story on the Ahram Online Weekly edition website.

Egyptian Scientific Institute evacuated in anticipation of collapse
The committee formed by the Minister of Culture to save historical manuscripts housed at the Egyptian Scientific Institute, which was set ablaze during recent clashes, has ordered the evacuation of the building. The committee gave the order on Thursday [22nd December], fearing the building may collapse at any moment. The committee stopped evacuating the books, and consulted a contractor to inspect the building, who confirmed that it was near collapse. Read the full story on the Al Masry Al Youm website.

Will the Great Pyramid’s secret doors be opened?
Will the mystery over the Great Pyramid’s secret doors be solved in 2012? I dare say yes. After almost two decades of failed attempts, chances are now strong that researchers will reveal next year what lies behind the secret doors at the heart of Egypt’s most magnificent pyramid. More on this story on the Archaeology News Network website.

Who hasn’t dreamt of going to Egypt?
Nice article from a travel writing couples recent visit to Egypt – “We were recently in Seattle talking with the executives of and while all of them are well travelled and have been all over the world. When we told them they were going to Egypt next, they talked of how it was either their favourite destination or for those who hadn’t been there, their dream destination”… “It is filled with iconic landmarks and remarkable landscapes. It has a rich history and strong culture and it boasts world class diving, incredible beaches and exciting nightlife. Egypt has it all.” Read the full review on the PlanetD website.

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