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Wednesday, 15 September 2021

The opening of the Djoser tomb tops coverage in the foreign press

Never ones to ignore a good bit of Egyptology news, the foreign press was all over yesterday’s opening of the newly restored tomb of King Djoser in Saqqara. The renovation of the 4,700 year-old cemetery complex, also known as the Southern Tomb, began in 2006. Its completion comes on the back of a string of recent announcements of new discoveries in Saqqara and a Netflix documentary on the team of Egyptian archaeologists unearthing its riches. Egypt’s tourism ministry marked the opening with a video including footage of the inside of the tomb (watch, runtime: 0:59). Reuters reported the story, while Bloomberg, the Washington Post and ABC News all picked it up from the AP.

Also making headlines:

  • Human rights: The trial began yesterday of Egyptian human rights advocate and University of Bologna student Patrick George Zaki, who has been in detention for a year and a half. (AP)
  • Barrick pins growth hopes on Egypt mines: Canadian miner Barrick Gold will focus on exploring for new mines in Egypt, Nevada and Guyana as the main driver of its growth strategy, CEO Mark Bristow told Reuters.
  • The ancient four-legged whale resurfaces: Remember our long read on the Egyptian paleontologists who unearthed a new species of prehistoric amphibious whale? Now the international press is paying attention, too. (AP)

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