Transformation is a process with tons of ups and downs, with lots of discoveries and moments that you can’t seem to replace. Our limited knowledge of ancient history owes loads to chance discoveries. They extend from forgotten scripts and keys from old Egypt, to lost philosophies and poems. We owe their conservation not only to luck but also to the obsessive experts who uncovered and decoded them.
Speaking of archaeological discoveries and unique findings, the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square has – fortunately for us – decided to organise an exhibition of the artefacts found in Tuna El-Gabal. Tuna El-Gebel was the necropolis of Khmun (Hermopolis Magna), and is located in Al-Minya Governorate. The most fragile monument in the area is the Boundary Stelae of Akhenaten, which is encased in glass. While the casing makes it hard to see inside properly, it preserves the piece from further deterioration. The tomb dates back to the Ptolemaic era, which began after the death of Alexander the Great.
The exhibition is said to include a collection of precious alabaster statues, a number of statues of the goddess Sekhmet, pottery vessels, and many other sculptures. As announced by the Director of the Egyptian Museum, Mohamed Ali, the exhibition will show the findings of the work of the mission of the French-Italian delegation, which was launched by Minister of Antiques, Khaled Al-Anani, on the 4th of February, and is set to reach completion by the 4th of April. The findings include 200 pieces found during the digs in Umm Al-Burajat area in Fayoum.
This special exhibition is scheduled for April, with no official date having being announced just yet. As always, we will keep you posted and updated when we know the exhibition’s exact launch date.