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News Briefs for June 29, 2001


Mr. Sabry Abdalazeez, Head of Antiquities for Upper Egypt, announced the unearthing of a Ptelomic tomb in Karnak. The Egyptian/French expedition team exploring in the Karnak temples area found the foundation of a building belonging to King Ahmen Hotep II from the 18th Dynasty. Beside it they found a dome built from bricks dating back to the Ptelomic era which probably was used as a grave.

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A restoration team under the direction of the Bureau of Antiquities of Northern Cairo found reminants of the Northern ancient wall of Cairo inside the vicinity of El- Moayed Sheikh Mosque. They also found walls of the ancient prision where Moayed Sheikh was held as prisoner. It is known that this mosque was built on the reminants of the prison.

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Mr. Said Hegazy has been elected to be the Head of Antiquities for the Sharkaya & Kaliobaya governorates following the promotion of Mohamed Maksoot, Head of Antiquities in the Northern Sea Coast area.

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Mr. Sabry Abdalazeez, Head of the Antiquities for Upper Egypt, replied on what was said earlier within the antiquity community that the underground water is a threat to the temples in Luxor and Karnak. He said that Luxor has no proper water disposal system. In addition to that, sugar cane plantations are a major threat since the farming of this plant needs requires a lot of water. The nature of the soil of the area is now being researched by a Swedish company in cooperation with the Egyptian Institute for Underground Water Research. The aim for this research is to decrease the underground water.

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Notable Antiquity Event - June 29, 2001

Sidi Mohamed Assagheir Mosque Opens; Contains Body of The Prophet's Companion

The Sidi Mohamed Assagheir Mosque mosque is situated in a poorer area far unkown by most tourists. But the mosque is of great importance for lying in it is the body of Mohamed Ben Abubaker Asadik, son of on Abubaker Asadik, who was one of the companions to Prophet Mohammed.

The mosque was built in 820 Hijri or 1438 AD. However it is still vague as to who built the mosque. It was renovated in ancient times in 1217 Hijri by Mohammed Amir Pasha. The mosque is also known by the name 'Hanging Mosque'. The mosque has three main inner chambers: the entrance, the tomb/grave, and the prayer hall.

Engineer Addel Hanafi, Chief Inspector of the Project of Restoration, said that before restoration the mosque was under serious threat. Some structural damage had taken place over time, as well as fittings had lost their original essence. He states, "The 1992 earthquake in Cairo caused some damage to the mosque. The dome of the minaret fell and also the dome above the tomb collapsed. The SCA issued restoration efforts beginning in 1994. Everything now is renewed and restored. We are very happy about this for this is an important mosque."

As for the popularity mosque, it holds great importance to Arab tourists, Bedouins and some Indian and Pakistan visitors. These people strongly believe that prayers preformed in this mosque will be heard and accepted by God. Not many Egyptians, however, know about this mosque.

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