Antiquity News Briefs (July 23rd 2001)

Antiquity News Briefs

July 23rd 2001

By Amargi Hillier

Dr. Kamal Amer, the Governor of Aswan, recently developed a plan to adorn the ancient Gardens of Aswan . Tents and shades will be increased on the pedestrian walkway as well as setting up more seats in nearby parks. The most important effort will be various small libraries which will be set up in each garden.

Nagwan Ahmed El-Magrabi, Head of the Center of the Revival of Egyptian Art, said that duplicates of some of King Tutakamun's possessions will be displayed, though there is no word yet on where this and other duplicates would be located.

In Kalabsha Island, four temples are currently being renovated. These temples are named Garf Hussein, Ketas, Bayt El-Waly and Kalabsha Temple. There are also plans to illuminate the temples with lighting at night in order to expand tourists visiting hours. The Garf Hussein Temple is scheduled to be completely rebuilt. The temple stones have not been completely placed together from the original construction of the temple itself so this will be finished. Also, an open museum will be set up to display various Nubian art.

Sheik Rifaa El-Tahtawy was a wise scholar in Islam yet his house thus far has not been renovations. The house contains a library with precious and rare books and a statue made from granite. The SCA is establishing a plan now to renovate this structure.

Dr. Gaballah Ali Gaballah has announced that there are ongoing excavations to find remnants of a Roman ship that sank in El-Kasra El-Kadim in the Red Sea area. Supervision of the project will be carried out by the Administration of Sunken Antiquities and the Institute of Aquarius Antiquities in Alexandria.


Notable Antiquity Events - July 22, 2001

North Africa's Oldest Human Skeleton Found

(Dendara) In Kena Egypt, the remnants of the oldest human skeleton of North Africa has been found in El-Taramisa near Dendara. The skeleton dates back to the prehistoric age. Such skeletons are important because they reveal information on the life of the prehistoric people and the anatomical evolution of humans in general. The oldest skeleton found prior to this one was unearthed in Nazlet Khatar near Aswan. The new find dates to 32,000 years ago. Another skeleton found in El-Kobanaya was 20,000 years old. Skeletons found in El-Sahaba Hill date back 13,000 15,000 years. As for the newest discovery, research is still being preformed on it to determine its final age. The skull of the skeleton, and the surrounding location that the skeleton was found in, were both in good condition. But the rest of the skeleton is in very bad condition which makes the reconstruction of the skeleton a hard task thus delaying research on it.