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Archaeological atlas for Egyptian school pupils to be published soon

The new archaeological atlas is to be distributed to schools across Egypt, aiming to bolster 'loyalty among young Egyptians to the country and its heritage'

Nevine El-Aref , Wednesday 19 Aug 2015
Abu Simbel
Tourists and visitors queue outside the temple of Abu Simbel at the upper reaches of the Nile in Aswan (Photo: Reuters )
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Within days the Ministry of Antiquities is set to publish its first archeological atlas, soon to be distributed to schools around Egypt.

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty explained that the new atlas would be given to pupils in fourth grade and above.

He said that the project is being carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in an attempt to raise archaeological awareness among young Egyptians and to entrench the principal of "loyalty towards Egypt and its heritage."

Eldamaty told Ahram Online that the atlas includes all the monuments and archaeological sites in Egypt since the pre-historic era until modern times. He said that the ministry is to print a schoolbook to acquaint pupils with monuments in their respective governorates.

The book includes of two sections: the first features the different eras of ancient Egyptian history; the second is to focus on archaeological sites near to where pupils live.

Eldamaty said that training courses on Egypt's archaeological history and heritage are to be established for pupils, run by skilled archaeologists.

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