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MONACO, July 7, 2018 (MENA) - Prince Albert II of Monaco and Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled el Anani inaugurated the Egyptian artifacts exhibition, themed The Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs – 2,500 Years of the Goldsmith’s Art in Ancient Egypt”, to run from July 7 to September 9.

During the opening Friday, the prince hailed the exhibition and Egypt’s Pharaonic civilization as one of the most important civilizationsin the ancient world.

He also welcomed the Egyptian delegation and called for boosting bilateral relations in the cultural and antiquities fields.

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by Tourism Minister Rania el Mashat. A host of diplomats and archaeologists also attended the event.

The two-month exhibition includes 150 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum. This is the second temporary exhibition hosted by Monaco after the 2009 exhibition which displayed 26 artifacts.



LA PAZ, July 5, 2018 (News Wires) — Bolivia is to build an underwater museum in its sacred Lake Titicaca, the culture minister said.

The move comes after thousands of priceless artifacts were discovered at the bottom of the abyss.

“It will be both a tourist complex and a centre for archaeological, geological and biological research, which will make it the only one in the world,” culture minister Wilma Alanoca said this week.

The museum will cost US$10 million to build, in partnership with Belgian development agency Enabel. Alanoca said Belgium and UNESCO would contribute US$2 million to the project.

Titicaca holds an important place in the hearts of local people — legend has it that Manco Capac, the son of the Sun God and his wife Mama Ocllo, emerged from its waters.

One of the main figures in Inca mythology, Manco Capac is believed to have founded the Peruvian city of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th to 16th centuries.

Titicaca spans an area of 8,500 square kilometres and straddles the border between Bolivia and Peru. At more than 3,800 meters altitude, it is the world’s highest body of fresh water that is navigable by large vessels.

It was the birthplace of several local cultures before the arrival of Spanish colonialists.

The most recent excavations turned up 10,000 artefacts, made from bone, ceramics and metal, cooking utensils, as well as human and animal remains, dating back to the pre-Tiwanaku (before 300 AD), Tiwanaku (300-1100) and Inca (1100-1570) eras.

The museum will be situated close to the town of San Pedro de Tiquina, around 100km from the capital La Paz.

CAIRO, July 4, 2018 (News Wires) - The Governmane has put on display ancient artifacts recently retrieved from Italy after they were confiscated by the Italian police months ago.

Sabah Abdel-Razek, the general director of the Egyptian Museum, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the artifacts include five burial masks, 11 vessels, 151 small statutes and over 20,000 coins from different eras.

Egyptian authorities have said the artifacts were likely excavated and smuggled out of the country in secret, as no museum has records of them.

Egypt says it has retrieved around 1,000 artifacts from 10 different countries over the past two years.

CAIRO, July 1, 2018 (MENA) – General Manager of Antiquities Ministry’s research and archaeological studies and scientific publishing in Lower Egypt and Sinai Dr. Abdel Rehim Rihan described new amendments of preserving antiquities law as “positive”.

In statements on Sunday, he added that the new law toughened punishment against those who smuggle, steal, sabotage antiquities or illegally dig for them.

He also noted that the new law stipulated that those who commit such crimes would be sentenced for life and pay at least EGP one million as fine.

Rihan hailed such new amendments, asserting that they would contribute to efforts to prevent stealing, smuggling or sabotaging the Egyptian antiquities.

CAIRO, June 4, 2018 (MENA) - Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Antiquities (SCA) Moustafa Wazeri will head for Italy on Tuesday in order to examine the suspected Egyptian artifacts seized in the Italian city of Naples.

The visit comes in line with a decision by the general prosecution to assign the Antiquities Ministry to take all needed measures pertaining to delegating Egyptian experts to examine the seized relics.

In statements on Monday, Wazeri underlined that the ministry coordinated with the Italian side in this regard, adding that a comprehensive detailed report will be prepared after examining the antiquities.

The report will be submitted to the antiquities minister then to the general prosecution, he noted, adding that the ministry cooperates with all bodies concerned to retrieve the relics.

Earlier, the Italian authorities said containers grouping artifacts belonging to various civilizations were seized including 118 Egyptian relics.

By: Gazette Staff

CAIRO, May 1, 2018 - Egypt restored on Tuesday 14 artifacts that were smuggled from Egypt in the late 1980s and were seized by the Cypriot authorities in Nicosia, a statement released by the Antiquities Ministry said.

Director of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus Dr Marina Solomidou handed over the smuggled artifacts to the Egyptian authorities on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the “Roots Revival” initiative that kick-started in Alexandria on Monday, according to the same statement.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani voiced thanks to the Cypriot authorities for their constant co-operation with the Egyptian authorities and expressed his happiness over retrieving the artifacts.

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