Monthly Archives: February 2011

All of Egypt’s archaeological sites reopened !!!

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square

 

On 20 February 2011, all of Egypt’s archaeological sites and six of its antiquities museums reopened. In my opinion, the most important reopening was that of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. After all the rumors surrounding the vandalism and thefts there I am happy to say that it is now truly safe. A complete inventory is still underway, but for now, it seems that relatively few objects are still missing. This is of course terrible, and we will continue to do everything we can to bring back these pieces as soon as possible; we still hope that they will turn up, as four of the objects that were originally reported as missing have been found already. However, it could have been far worse; all of the museum’s most iconic masterpieces are safe.

Giza Pyramids

Giza Pyramids

Over 1500 Egyptians visited the museum on Sunday; I believe that they wanted to see if I was true to my word. Many brought flowers and made it clear that they wanted international tourists to return. I am glad to report that about 90 foreign tourists from Brazil, Japan, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands came to the museum. Tourists from both Egypt and abroad also visited Giza, Saqqara, and sites in Luxor.

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After Tahrir: Egypt 2.0, Isn’t that what everybody wants no matter where they are from?

We were in Cairo the week before Tunisia fell, meeting with dozens of Egyptian technology start-ups on behalf of the US State Dept’s Global Entrepreneurship Program. The quality of their ideas thrilled us, as did their skill sets, vision and quiet resolve.  It did not surprise us to hear that many of those we met shut their laptops in recent weeks to march through the streets throughout Egypt. Through email, cell, texts and social networks, we have remained close with them throughout this remarkable upheaval.

Giza Pyramids

Giza Pyramids

Even before Tahrir Square became forever etched in the global consciousness, a new generation of entrepreneurs had been emerging as a third voice in Arab politics and society.  Rather than just engaging in political debates or religious interpretations, they have had their heads down focused on building new products, and by extension new industries.  While their frames of reference include successes from Silicon Valley to India, they are a movement distinctively and culturally attuned to their country and region. These young men and women are the progenitors of what we are calling Egypt 2.0.

Who are these pioneering innovators?  Most are college educated, some with advanced technology degrees even from the States.  Many are working on Arab-versions of proven US businesses models: social networks, mobile apps, dating sites, travel engines and alike.  However, many others are inventing entirely new models.   Would you be surprised that the largest selling iPad weather app, a breakthrough chip that improves server processing,  and even a direct assault on Google are all started by entrepreneurs in Egypt?   As one founder who wished to remain anonymous told us, “A start up is great even if it’s a copy of something that exists, but it’s even greater to think about a start up as a platform for innovation because it will inspire more people.”

The events of recent weeks have hardened their commitment. Nader Iskander, CEO of mobile brokerage startup EME told us, “This week has lifted our hopes like never before.  We have witnessed a “new Egypt” being formed through incredible boldness, courage, persistence, hope and sacrifice of millions of our people.”  We have heard many versions of what Amr Ramadan, CEO of the iPad app company Vimov shared with us:  “I don’t think anyone, including me, knew what patriotism and love for country really means till the last week.  People felt the country wasn’t theirs.  Now they do.”  With this sense of ownership has come a greater sense of empowerment.  As he continued, “Finally, the government is afraid of its people, not the other way around.  The cutting off of communications confirmed this.  It was the government saying, “I’m trembling,” and this was what gave people the feeling of an upper hand.”

While many Egyptian entrepreneurs remain (with good reason) skeptical of US foreign policy, they are nevertheless hungry for our involvement as experienced investors and entrepreneurs.  Ameer Sherif, CTO of online job board BasharSoft implored, “We need mentorship, and help in transferring the entrepreneurial experience in Silicon Valley to the Nile Valley.”  Ramadan dreams of “a bridge to Silicon Valley, a bridge that could potentially speed up and foster innovation in Egypt, and create new jobs, both in Egypt and the US.”

In our conversations with Egyptian startup founders these past weeks, three themes have emerged as ways in which we can provide immediate help:

  1. Extend active partnerships between American and Egyptian universities and companies in R&D. The massive disparity of primary and secondary education in Egypt is well documented, but the entrepreneurs we met were equally focused on improving technological R&D.  Dr Hossam Mahgoub is the CEO of Alkhawarizmy, an Arabic language translation algorithm. He noted how “there are some great minds in Egypt. But there is no significant useful research being done in its universities, both on the undergraduate and graduate levels.”  Haytham ElFadeel, CEO of semantic search engine Kngine laments,  “Egypt got just three patents in 2009 as compared to 1,525 Israel got in the same year and the whole population of Israel is less than Cairo’s population.
  2. Facilitate US-Egyptian startup mentorship programs. The regional venture capital community is growing at an exciting clip, but they welcome partners who bring dollars and expertise.  These partnerships, in turn, might provide US companies with access to the 300-million-person Middle East-North Africa region.   Above all, Egyptian entrepreneurs want to meet positive role models that can actively mentor them through the startup-to-exit process.  Learning from constructive mistakes is even more valuable to them than hearing about lucky successes.
  3. Remove travel friction.  ElFadeel pleaded, “The process of issuing a visa is long and in many cases they reject the requests of the youth.   To help Egyptians create world-class startups and culture we need to physically network with people in the US.”   Vimov’s Ramadan concurred:  “I wish for the day when I no longer hear about someone missing a technology conference because his visa took eight months to process.”  For those that have been fortunate enough to gain entry to the US, they complain about the humiliation they face by the border patrol.  “Travelling from tyranny only to be judged as a terrorist—this was something very heart breaking.”

Despite our optimism, we still do not know how the political situation in Egypt or elsewhere in the region will resolve.   No doubt there will be more cycles of hope and despair but these cycles have already been internalized through the startup journeys of the entrepreneurs we met.  This attitude is perfectly summarized by one entrepreneur who smiled and told us, “Look, this is happening anyhow and most people have nothing to lose!  The last week made them also have nothing to fear!  So to them, how bad can it be in the next couple of years?   All that the people of Egypt really want is to live a fair life and to be judged for who they are and what they do.” Isn’t that what everybody wants no matter where they are from?

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Google Today’s Doodle February 15th, 2011

Constantin Brâncuşi Google Doodle

Constantin Brâncuşi Google Doodle

Holds image of some sculptures, may be known for some but totally unknown for others. Let’s discover what’s behind Google Today’s Doodle.

Constantin Brâncuşi, Originally was a carpenter and trained to be a stonemason, Constantin Brâncuşi a Romanian sculptor whose works are one of the most talented works using different materials wood, bronze, marble and stone to represent his revolutionary style in his work.

Constantin Brâncuşi

Constantin Brâncuşi

 

Today Google awarded Constantin Brâncuşi Google’s top honour – his very own Google Doodle celebrating his 135 Birthday in Google worldwide but not Google India, which supported a Cricket World Cup Doodle.

Kiss Gate by Constantin Brâncuşi

Kiss Gate by Constantin Brâncuşi

Google Today’s Doodle representing some of his masterwork with different materials shows the letters of G_o_o_g_l_e.

The Doodle includes the Promethues bound, Sleeping Muse, Mademoiselle Pogany,Bird in Space and The Kiss.

Bird in space by Constantin Brâncuşi

Bird in space by Constantin Brâncuşi

Well, Happy Birthday Constantin Brâncuşi Which is your favourite sculpture?

 

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Sites to reopen and other Break-ins !!!

Egyptian sites to reopen

After a meeting with other members of the Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs, and the Antiquities and Tourism Police to discuss security measures, we concluded that all of the Pharaonic, Coptic, Islamic, and modern sites would reopen to the public on Sunday, 20 February, 2011. It is my hope that tourists from around the world will soon return to Egypt.

Site Break-ins

I am very sad to announce that several important antiquities sites have been vandalized. After a preliminary inventory had been taken, Dr. Sabri Abdel Aziz, Head of the Pharaonic Sector of the Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs, reported to me the following incidents: At Saqqara, the tomb of Hetepka was broken into, and the false door may have been stolen along with objects stored in the tomb. I have arranged for a committee to visit the tomb this coming Saturday to compare the alleged damage with earlier expedition photos. In Abusir, a portion of the false door was stolen from the tomb of Rahotep. In addition, break-ins have been confirmed at a number of storage magazines: these include ones in Saqqara, including one near the pyramid of Teti, and the magazine of Cairo University. I have created a committee to prepare reports to determine what, if anything, is missing from these magazines. The Egyptian Military caught and released thieves attempting to loot the site of Tell el Basta; the military also caught criminals trying to loot a tomb in Lisht. There have also been many reports of attacks on archaeological sites through the building of houses and illegal digging. I have asked the sector heads in the Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs to prepare full reports for each site under their jurisdiction.

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Akhenaton missing statue is back to the Egyptian Museum

 

The limestone statue of king Akhenaten

The limestone statue of king Akhenaten

A Cairo teenager found a priceless statue of Pharaoh Akhenaton near a garbage bin after it had been stolen from the Egyptian Museum during anti-regime protests, Egypt’s antiquities chief said on Thursday.

The museum’s world renowned collection was burgled and several artefacts went missing last month, including statues of King Tutankhamun and Pharaoh Akhenaton.

A 16-year-old protester found the sculpture near a rubbish bin in Tahrir Square, the focal point of the demonstrations which brought down president Hosni Mubarak, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said.

He took the statue home, where his uncle Sabri Abdelrahman, a professor at the American University in Cairo, recognized the piece and returned it to authorities, Hawass said.

“The statue is one of the most beautiful statues of Akhenaton, which highlights the skill of Egyptian artists at the time,” said Egyptian Museum director Tarek al-Awadi.

The statue would be restored before going back on display in the museum.

Akhenaton was a ruler of the 13th Dynasty. Last year, Egypt announced that DNA tests had confirmed him to be the father of famed boy King Tutankhamun.

Nationwide protests erupted in Egypt on January 25, which led to the overthrow of Mubarak and left at least 365 dead and scores more injured or detained.


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Update on the current state of antiquities

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, announced today that a committee of archaeologists completed a preliminary search of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo and its grounds. The missing Heart Scarab of Yuya was recovered on the west side of the museum gardens, near the new bookshop. Wooden fragments belonging to the damaged New Kingdom coffin, still on the second floor of the museum, were also found in this area. The search team also found one of the eleven missing shabtis of Yuya and Thuya underneath a showcase. Fragments belonging to the statue of Tutankhamun being carried by the goddess Menkaret have been found; all the located fragments belong to the figure of Menkaret. The small figure of the king has not yet been found.

Archive photo of one of the eleven missing shabti’s belonging to Yuya. (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo)

Archive photo of one of the eleven missing shabti’s belonging to Yuya. (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo)

Dr. Hawass said it seems the looters dropped objects as they fled, and every inch of the museum must be searched before the Registration, Collections Management, and Documentation Department, which is overseeing the inventory, can produce a complete and final report of exactly what is missing. The museum staff is not yet able to move freely within the museum, and has, until now, had to walk in groups of 10-15 people, accompanied by soldiers. Unfortunately, this has slowed down the search, and made it very difficult to carry out a final inventory. The army is allowing very few people into the museum, and the first time the museum’s office staff was allowed in was on 6 February 2011. The list announced in the press release of 12 February, 2011 is preliminary, and will continue to be updated as new information comes to light. As Dr. Hawass has previously stated, until a full and thorough search of the museum and its grounds has been completed and all of the damaged vitrines inventoried, a list of missing objects cannot be finalized.

Archive photo of Tutankhamun carried by Menkaret. (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo)

King Tut carried by Menkaret

Dr. Hawass would like to clarify earlier statements in which he announced that nothing was missing. During the first pass of the search committee through the museum, objects that were at first thought to be missing were found thrown into trash cans and corners far from their original locations, and he had been led to believe that a full sweep of the museum might well succeed in locating all of the missing objects. Professionals out to steal would normally be careful not to damage the objects they were planning to take, so the initial impression was that the attackers were vandals rather than thieves. He was also misinformed by one of the museum staff about the statue of Akhenaten as an offering bearer; he was told that this was only damaged when it was, in fact, missing. In addition to expressing what he then firmly believed, which was that museum staff would continue to locate the missing objects, his intent in these earlier statements was to reassure the world that the damage at the museum, while tragic, was far less widespread than originally feared, and to make clear that the museum’s most major masterpieces, such as the Golden Mask of Tutankhamun, were safe.

AFP (not, as reported in the Egyptian press, CNN) has reported that the famous golden mask of Tutankhamun was stolen. This is completely untrue. Last week, Dr. Hawass took several representatives of the press, including ABC World News, NBC, Associated Press, and Reuters, among others, to the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. All of the reporters and journalists were able to see, photograph, and film the mask still safely in its gallery, which is behind an iron gate that the looters were not able to penetrate. In addition, the two gold coffins and the items Howard Carter found on the mummy in 1925, all of which are in the same gallery, are safe as well. Dr. Hawass expressed his disappointment in AFP for announcing such a sensationalized story without first checking the facts. At 1:30 pm yesterday, Dr. Hawass received a call from Mr. Riad Abu Awad, the head of the AFP office in Egypt. He denied that his agency broke the story. However, many online newspapers seem to have quoted the AFP directly (North Korean News, Caribbean News, All Voices, Nvision UG Monitr, Nevada State News) Today, Dr. Hawass took members of the press to the museum to show them that the mask is safe.

On Sunday, Dr. Hawass received the report prepared by the committee he had sent to check the De Morgan magazine in Dahshur; according to this report, all of the large and small blocks are safe. The only missing items appear to be small amulets. Archaeologists at the site had previously installed an iron gate and ensured that guards were on duty guarding the magazine. Despite these precautions, Dr. Hawass announced that the magazine was attacked for a second time Monday night, and the thieves were able to overpower and tie up the guards. Dr. Hawass has appointed a new committee to determine the current state of the magazine.

A committee to review the magazine at Qantara East in the Sinai, has also been appointed by Dr. Hawass. This magazine suffered a break-in on the night of 28 January, 2011; looters stole boxes full of objects, of which, to date, 298 have been returned. The committee will take a full inventory and compare it to earlier inventories to determine whether or not everything has been returned.

Dr. Hawass said the most important news for today was that the Heart Scarab and the shabti were found on the museum grounds. He hopes that the committee still searching the museum will be able to locate more of the missing objects.

 

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Egypt latest News by Memphis Tours”Egypt in the World’s eyes”

After 20 days of anger revolution allover Egypt, Now the international society started to give states about the reflection of the Egyptian revolution in the international stage. Some said it’s the white revolution and others said it’s the revolution of the modern history. Many opinions and reactions were appeared after the great victory of the Egyptian people and here are the highlights of them all.

Barak Obama, The American president said after the Egyptian revolution “We should raise our Children to be like the Egyptian Youth”

 

The American President Barack Obama

The American President Barack Obama

 

 

Silvio Berlusconi, The prime minister of Italy said” Nothing new about Egypt, The Egyptian just created the history as usual”

Norway Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi

Italy Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi

 

 

Jens Stoltenberg, Norway Prime Minister said “Today, We all are Egyptians”

Norway Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg

Norway Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg

Heinz Fischer, President of Austria said “The Egyptian people are the greatest in the world and deserves the Nobel prize for peace”

Austria President, Heinz Fischer

Austria President, Heinz Fischer

David Cameron, The British prime minister said” We should teach the Egyptian revolution in our schools”

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron

CNN, One of the major TV News Channels “For the first time in history we witness people revolute and clean the streets afterwards”

CNN

CNN

The Egyptian spirit and pride now back to life after years of internal unrest and dissatisfaction of the situation in Egypt, the light is back to cover the new land of Egypt, A land of dignity and satisfaction. Egypt, A new era has begun.

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Sad News from the Egyptian Museum

The staff of the database department at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo have given me their report on the inventory of objects at the museum following the break in. Sadly, they have discovered objects are missing from the museum. The objects missing are as follows:

 

1. Gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun being carried by a goddess

Tutankhamun being carried by a goddess. (Photo: Griffith Institute)

Tutankhamun being carried by a goddess. (Photo: Griffith Institute)

2. Gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun harpooning. Only the torso and upper limbs of the king are missing

3. Limestone statue of Akhenaten holding an offering table

4. Statue of Nefertiti making offerings

Akhenaten holding an offering table ( photo by Ken Garrett)

Akhenaten holding an offering table ( photo by Ken Garrett)

5. Sandstone head of an Amarna princess

6.Stone statuette of a scribe from Amarna

7. Wooden shabti statuettes from Yuya (11 pieces)

Tutankhamun harpooning. (Photo: Griffith Institute)

Tutankhamun harpooning. (Photo: Griffith Institute)

8. Heart Scarab of Yuya

 

An investigation has begun to search for the people who have taken these objects, and the police and army plan to follow up with the criminals already in custody. I have said if the Egyptian Museum is safe, than Egypt is safe. However, I am now concerned Egypt is not safe.

In another terrible turn of events, last night a magazine in Dahshur was broken into; it is called De Morgan’s. This magazine contains large blocks and small artifacts

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Restoration continues at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo

I would like to begin by apologizing for not posting a statement yesterday; I gave several interviews from the conservation lab at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo in the morning, and had to attend a cabinet meeting in the afternoon that lasted most of the day. The conservation lab team has divided the objects affected by the disturbances in the Museum two weeks ago into several groups depending on their nature and damage sustained. The first group contains pieces that are all in good condition and do not need any restoration work.

 

Dr. Zahi standing in front of objects in the conservation lab in the Egyptian Mueum, Cairo. (PHOTO: Stephanie Sakoutis)

Dr. Zahi standing in front of objects in the conservation lab in the Egyptian Mueum, Cairo. (PHOTO: Stephanie Sakoutis)

Most, if not all, of these objects date to the Late Period. The second group contains objects that need minor restoration work. Some of the pieces in this group include statues of gods and goddess in good condition, and a faience vase with one piece broken off; this vase has already been repaired. The third group includes the pieces of the broken statue of Tutankhamun standing on a panther. This beautiful statue of gilded wood displays the standing king wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt, holding a flail in his right hand, and a staff in his left. The statue seems to have been used to smash other showcases, and unfortunately the left arm, holding the staff, has been broken off. The panther is broken at the legs, and its tail and right ear have also been broken. Much of the gilding from the statue has also been broken off. I am happy to say, despite the extent of the damage, that this can be restored in a few days time. The fourth group contains the damaged mummy bands of Thuya. Thuya and her husband Yuya were the parents of Queen Tiye, and the great-grandparents of Tutankhamun. Thuya’s mummy bands are gilded cartonnage, and thankfully, only one section was damaged. The upper part of one god was broken off the open work of the bands, but luckily no other damage was sustained. This object can be restored very quickly. The fifth group of objects includes statues and shabtis belonging to Yuya and Thuya and some dating to the Late Period. All of these objects are currently undergoing restoration. The final group includes the pieces belonging to a wooden boat model and pieces from the model troop of Nubian archers, both dating to the Middle Kingdom. These objects will also be able to undergo a full restoration.

Damaged Middle Kingdom wooden boat model. (PHOTO: Stephanie Sakoutis)

Damaged Middle Kingdom wooden boat model. (PHOTO: Stephanie Sakoutis)

I was able to visit the conservation lab at the Egyptian Museum yesterday with several members of the world wide press including, NBC News for the Today Show, ABC World News, Reuters, Associated Press, and journalists from Sweden, Japan, and Italy. I was pleased to show them the progress being made in the conservation lab, as well as the new showcases and the repaired New Kingdom coffin lid.

I spoke with Dr. Tarek El Awady, director of the Egyptian Museum, Dr. Yasmin el Shazly, head of documentation at the Museum, and database team; I have asked them to do a final check of the objects in the museum and the conservation lab against the database and prepare a report for me on Sunday. This report will confirm whether or not any objects have been taken from the museum.

A restorator working on the statue of Tutankhamun standing on a panther. (PHOTO: Stephanie Sakoutis)

A restorator working on the statue of Tutankhamun standing on a panther. (PHOTO: Stephanie Sakoutis)

Yesterday was the first time, since this crisis began, that I was able to take the time to closely examine each item that was damaged during the museum’s break in on Friday, 28 January, 2011. I also took time to speak to the commanders of the police and army stationed at the museum, and I asked them to update me on their investigations. I have heard so many differing stories about how the break in occurred, so I felt it was necessary to confirm the details with the police and army.

The information I have previously posted here on my website is very close to what the officers told me yesterday. At this point, the officers are not clear on exactly how many of the criminals actually entered into the museum, but ten people have been in custody since 28 January. One of these ten criminals was actually captured inside of the museum. This is the criminal I met when I arrived at the museum on the morning of Saturday, 29 January. In fact, he was still handcuffed to the iron bars of the exit doors to the new museum bookshop when I got there! This young criminal told me he had done nothing wrong; when I asked why he broke into the museum he began to cry and said, “They told me to.” I hope he will give the officers a detailed report of what had happened inside the museum.

While at the museum, I went and stood under the window that had been broken by the criminals. The distance between the window in the roof and the floor is nearly 30 feet! It seems that one of the criminals fell from the roof and landed on a glass case, so it was no surprise when we found blood on the floor throughout the museum. This trail of blood was helpful for the investigation, as it clearly showed which galleries the criminal had entered.

I received a report from the chief of the tourist police that criminals had entered the storage magazine in Tuna el Gebel. This report indicated that two mummies, dating to the Roman Period, were missing. However, the curator has also sent me a report saying that nothing actually happened at the magazine. I hope to receive further information on this matter very soon.

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Dr, Zahi Hawass said”Egypt Treasures are in a safe Hands”

In regard to the latest events in Egypt Dr, Zahi Hawass, the Egyptian minister of antiquities keep an eye on the Egyptian antiquities all over the republic to save the Egyptian treasures, however nothing happened to the Egyptians antiquities during the current revolution in Egypt.

The interior of the Egyptian Museum

The interior of the Egyptian Museum

 

 

Dr, Hawass ensured that the Egyptian museum in Tahrir square still safe even the simple damage that caused by a few revolts under restoration and the damages are very simple and easy to be restored. The mask of the golden king Tutankhamun is safe and peace still all over the Egyptian Museum

The exterior of the the golden mask chamber in the Egyptian Museum

The exterior of the the golden mask chamber in the Egyptian Museum

 

The conservation at Giza plateau still under progress as the plateau is empty and no visitors in the site but the ministry of antiquities continues to protect our monuments.

Conservation process in Giza plateau

Conservation process in Giza plateau

 

Tomb of Maya faced a lot of rumors during the last two weeks about how badly it was destroyed but actually the fact is the tomb still in a perfect condition. Maya was the Overseer of the Treasury during the reigns of Tutankhamun. Dr, Hawass sent his team to the site to examine the tomb.  He was very happy to confirm that the tomb is safe, and has not sustained any damage.

The tomb of Maya in Saqqara

The tomb of Maya in Saqqara

 

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