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New finds at Egyptian Museum

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Excavations lead to discovery in basement

Archaeologists at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo have discovered several ‘new’ artefacts.


The nine items – which include a sacred table, a limestone column base and stone hieroglyphs – don’t appear on any official records.


The museum is infamous for the less-than-meticulous cataloguing of its huge collection. However all that is about to change with the building of a second site – the Grand Egyptian Museum – near the Pyramids at Giza.


The original museum’s basement is now being excavated and every item catalogued prior to the new museum opening. Many of the museum’s previously unseen artefacts will go on display at Giza. It was this work that led to the discovery of these nine items.


Other forgotten items have previously been discovered in the museum’s garden. Prior to 1952, any dubious artefacts were buried there but the garden is now being dug up to see if anything is genuine.


In addition to the building of the new museum, the Egyptian Museum is getting a facelift. When it’s cleared, the basement will be turned into lecture halls and temporary exhibition spaces.


The Grand Egyptian Museum is currently scheduled to open in 2013.


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It will be interesting to visit :)

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redsaffy wrote:It will be interesting to visit :)
It certainly will, always assuming it opens on time :roll:

It never ceases to amaze me that with all this stuff that they have hidden away with what appears to be little regard to its possible importance, that they keep asking for stuff back from everywhere else in the world.
A prime example was that the two mummified babies of Ankhesenamun & Tutankhamun that were lost for many years in the museum and were later found in some little side room after extensive searching.
If something that important (although maybe not considered to be so at the time) was not properly accounted for, then you have to wonder what else of real significance is just lying in a wooden crate somewhere or just buried in a pit as unimportant or a fake. :(
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THe mummified foetuses were not found in the museum, but in storage in Cairo University's Faculty of Medicine, just as Carter had originally packed them.

Several caches of statues and stela were buried in the gardens, and the one that Keefy refers to is one of them - http://drhawass.com which also explains why they were buried in the 1950s. For some reason, I can't post the full link, but click on the article towards the bottom of the page.

It's not just a problem at Cairo, but in most museums, including the British Museum, but certainly the recataloging in preparation for the move will bring many more objects to light..

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Here is the actual link to the buried cachets.
http://drhawass.com/blog/press-release- ... eum-garden

But note the fact that he says no museum records have yet been found to record it.
It was the same with the foetuses which were as you say in the Cairo University's Faculty of Medicine and not actually in the Cairo museum. However they were still missing and as a recent TV program showed no one could locate them until an extensive search located them again in a store room, not by cataloguing but by some guy who happened to have worked on them in the past and knew where they were.
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Your right when you say that it sad to think how many important items lay undiscovered :)

At least now they are making a slightly conscious effort to correct that!

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Just believe what could be buried in Zahi's garden :P

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Clandestino wrote:Just believe what could be buried in Zahi's garden :P
:lol: :lol: :lol: Another Luxor cache :) :lol:
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The egyptian museum is a treasure chest! While other items are hidden away unrecorded, the recorded items are "misplaced" :lol: There are lots of old registers that record a location for an item that just isn't there and no one bothered to write down where it was put! There are loads of volunteers at the museum just running around trying to bits and pieces around the museum :roll:
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