Eldamaty and Salah during the honouring ceremony
Within the framework of the campaign launched by the Luxor Time Magazine entitled Luxor Times Egyptology Award 2016, Egypt's Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty honoured a number of foreign and Egyptian archaeologists for their "devotion and tremendous efforts in Egypt".
The campaign was launched on social media to determine the top ten discoveries, five best restoration projects, five ongoing achievements as well as five promising archaeological projects in Egypt in 2015.
Eldamaty honoured ten Egyptologists including the German archaeologist Horing Sourouzian who worked for more than a decade on the funerary temple of King Amenhotep III on Luxor's West Bank.
Sourouzian succeeded in discovering several elements of the temple and reconstructed it in an attempt to revive the temple to its hayday, or at least render an outline of its original design.
The temple of King Amenhotep III was completely destroyed in antiquity after a massive earthquake hit the county. All the temples were buried in sand except the two colossi of Memnons.
Elham Salah, the head of the Museums Department, said heads of the mummification museum in Luxor, the Atun Museum in Minya, the Grand Egyptian Museum overlooking the Giza plateau and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization were also honoured.
Eldamaty honouring Horig