CAIRO: The Antiquities Ministry organized a celebration Monday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Center of Documentation and Studies on Ancient Egypt.
Egypt’s newly-appointed Antiquities Minister Khaled al Annany and an array of renowned Egyptian archaeologists were present during the celebration that took place at the center’s headquarters in Cairo’s upscale district of Zamalek, the antiquities ministry announced in a statement.
“The idea of establishing the center coincided with the Nubia Salvage Campaign that was launched to rescue temples on Lake Nasser threatened by submersion under water during the building of the High Dam,” said Anany.
After completing its work on Nubian temples, the centre continued to document archaeological sites and objects all over Egypt, the minister added.
“The center is currently documenting papyri scrolls after a specialized department was lately established for that purpose,” he added.
Fayza Heikal and Zeinab al Kordy were among other Egyptian archaeologists honored during the celebration.