Egypt’s culture digest July 13: ‘Primitive machine’ technique used to protect Great Pyramid from robbery: Egyptologist
Tourists pose for pictures at the entrance of the Great Pyramid, built by Cheops, known locally as Khufu in Giza, Egypt, Thursday, June 2, 2016. A scientific team scanning the Great Pyramid aimed at discovering the famed pharaonic monument's secrets including possible hidden burial chambers. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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‘Primitive machine’ technique used to protect Great Pyramid from robbery: Egyptologist

A simple and elaborate system of blocks and grooves has been used in building the Great Pyramid of Giza in order to protect the Pharaoh’s burial chamber from tomb robbers, Egyptologist Mark Lehner told Live Science on Tuesday.

Lehner, who has been excavating the Great Pyramid for about three decades, said the system involves concealing the pharaoh’s tomb using ‘very primitive machine’ that held massive stone blocks up inside the pyramid’s walls until Pharaoh Khufu body was finally laid to rest.


Survey for lowering groundwater levels of Abu Mena monastery completed: official

The Antiquities Ministry announced it has completed a survey to implement a project of decreasing the underground water levels in the archaeological site of Abu Mina, Youm7 reported.

The move comes after Egypt’s only Coptic archeological site registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list was inscribed in 2001 on the List of World Heritage in Danger List for being threatened by the 5.5 meter rise of groundwater levels.

The project aims to decrease the groundwater level in the area to 2 meters, Waad Abu Al-Ela, head of the projects section at the ministry told Youm7.

A land-reclamation program for the agricultural development of the region, funded by the World Bank, has caused in the past ten years a dramatic raise of the water table, according to UNESCO website.


Egyptian museum hosts exhibit features replicas of ancient Egyptian artifacts

An exhibition features hundreds of replicas of ancient Egyptian artifacts will be inaugurated at the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

The Antiquities Ministry announced it will offer a 20 percent discount on the displayed replicas. The exhibit will run until July 29.


CIFF films to be screened at Cairo opera house, downtown cinemas  

Films participating in the 38th round of Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) will be screened at Cairo Opera House and several cinemas at the city center, Magda Wassef, President of the CIFF was quoted by al Ahram Wednesday.

The films will be screened simultaneously with the opening of festival scheduled for November, 16 this year, Wassef said.

The move comes five years after screening the CIFF films at downtown Cairo cinemas was restricted over security concerns.


Grand Egyptian Museum receives 3,000 year-old wooden statues

A set of 4 wooden statues, dating back to the Old Kingdom Period (2686 B.C.-2181B.C.) were transported to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in preparation for restoration and future display, Tarik Tawfik, GEM General Supervisor said in a statement Tuesday.

Among the artifacts is a statue for a man in his 40s standing with the left leg forward with names carved in hieroglyphic inscriptions, said Tawfik.

“A specialized committee has been formed to examine and pack the objects as well as preparing a comprehensive report about the current status of each object,” he added.

During the past few years, the GEM received thousands of artifacts from several museums and archaeological sites ahead of its inauguration scheduled for 2018.

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