Excavation works resumed in Egypt

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 4 Sep 2011

Foreign archaeological missions resumed excavation and restoration today, while more foreign missions apply to begin new works

Mohamed Ismail

After a nine month pause due to lack of security following Egypt’s January revolution, seventy five foreign archaeological missions resumed their work today all over Egypt.

“These missions are 25 per cent of the foreign archaeological missions who work in Egypt,” Mohamed Ismail supervisor of the Permanent Committee and Foreign Missions Affairs Section at the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), told Ahram online. He added that the 300 foreign missions, who have worked in Egypt since the revolution will resume their work at the usual time of their archaeological seasons, noting that their seasons do not all fall at the same time.

Among the missions who have resumed their sessions are the Germans in the upper Egyptian town of Assiut, the Americans in Mit-Rahina, the Japanese in Saqqara, the Spanish in Luxor, the French in Fayum and the Polish in Delta. 

Ismail announced that the stability in Egypt now has encouraged more foreign archaeological missions to start excavation and restoration in Egypt. Two dozen missions from America, Italy and Germany have sent their request to the SCA and security authorities to start archaeological works.

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