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Last Wednesday, the Egyptian Museum in Downtown Cairo witnessed the opening ceremony of an exhibition entitled French excavations in Egypt: Research, Cooperation, Innovation. According to State Information Service, the event finalises the Egyptian-French cultural year, which was launched earlier in January.
The ceremony featured Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El Anani, along with French Ambassador in Cairo, Stéphane Romatet. El Anani said that he was pleased with Egypt’s historical connections with France, pointing out that the French missions represent almost 20% of the 250 archaeological missions in Egypt. The number of French missions rose up to 40, occurring in different sites across the country.
El Anani took reference in the opening of Tutankhamun’s exhibition at the Grande Halle La Villette in Paris, which witnessed a large number of visitors. The display of 94 artefacts, discovered by the Ministry of Antiquities in collaboration with the French missions, will be running until the 18th of February, 2020.
According to Daily News, a large collection of papyrus that belong to the era of Khufu, the second king of the 4th Dynasty, is placed on display. The collection is considered one of the oldest discoveries in Egyptian history. The artefacts also include a rare limestone that belongs to Teti, the first pharaoh of the 6th Dynasty.