To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Egypt's Archaeological Documentation Centre, the antiquities ministry is organising a gala ceremony Monday morning at its premises in Zamalek.
Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany explained that the idea of establishing the centre started after launching the Salvage Nubia Campaign in 1960, in order to document Nubian temples before their relocation amid the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
After completing its work on Nubian temples, the centre continued to document archaeological sites and objects all over Egypt.
"Recently the centre is documenting and register all stored papyri, after the establishment of a papyri section within its echelon," El-Enany pointed out.
Hesham El-Leithy, general director of the Archaeological Documentation Centre, said that during the celebration a number of renowned Egyptian archaeologists and Egyptologists are to be honoured for the important role they have played in protecting and preserving Egypt's heritage.
Among them, he announced, are Fayza Heikal, Zeinab Al-Kordi and Abdel Azizi Sadek, as well as the former director of the centre. A film relating the story of the centre and its work over the past 60 years is to be screened.
The poster of the celebration
(Courtesy of the Ministry of Antiquities)