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2009-05-07 14:40:11

Archaeologists are hoping to use inscriptions from Luxor's Karnak temple in Egypt as a guide to finding other ancient defensive outposts. "As we understand from the inscription at Karnak temple, the city of Tharu had two fortifications with the Nile in the middle," Mohamad Abdul Maqsoud, head of archaeological exploration in Egypt's Nile Delta and Sinai regions, told Reuters. Archaeologists have determined that Pharaohs made regular journeys through Sinai in conquests against Hittites and...

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2008-05-28 12:30:00

The Egyptian government announced Wednesday that archaeologists have found what they believe to be the ancient ruins of the headquarters of the Pharaonic army, which guarded Egypt's northeastern border for more than 1,500 years. The finding, which includes a fortress and adjoining town, is identified with the ancient place name Tharu, and is located about 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Qantara in the Sinai peninsula, said Egyptian archaeologist Mohamed Abdel Maksoud during an interview with...

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2007-04-10 14:48:08

CAIRO, Egypt -- Locks of 3,200-year-old hair from the pharaoh Ramses II were unveiled at the Egyptian Museum on Tuesday, returned to Egypt after being stolen 30 years ago in France and put up for sale on the Internet. The small tufts of brown hair were displayed alongside pieces of linen bandages and 11 pieces of resin used in the mummification of Ramses and his son Merneptah in a glass display case. Photographers mobbed the case as Egypt's culture minister and antiquities chief showed off...

2006-08-25 09:03:01

By Summer Said CAIRO (Reuters) - A massive statue of one of Egypt's greatest pharaohs, Ramses II, rolled through the streets of Cairo to a new home near the Pyramids on Friday to escape the corrosive pollution of its former spot in a crowded transit hub. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to bid farewell to the 3,200-year-old red granite statue, which weighs 83 tons and was wrapped in plastic and thick padding for the painstakingly slow 35 km (21 mile) journey, which took...

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2006-07-24 16:29:48

CAIRO, Egypt -- A giant statue of Pharaoh Ramses II will be moved next month from a congested square in downtown Cairo to a more serene home near the Great Pyramids in a bid to save it from corrosive pollution, Egypt's antiquities chief said Monday. Exhaust fumes from trains, cars and buses, as well as subway vibrations, are damaging the more than 3,200-year-old granite statue at Ramses Square, its home since the early 1950s, when it was taken from a temple at the site of the ancient Egyptian...

2006-02-28 09:05:12

CAIRO, Egypt -- Archaeologists discovered a pharaonic sun temple with large statues believed to be of King Ramses II under an outdoor marketplace in Cairo, Egypt's antiquities chief said Sunday. The partially uncovered site is the largest sun temple ever found in the capital's Aim Shams and Matariya districts, where the ancient city of Heliopolis - the center of pharaonic sun worship - was located, Zahi Hawass told The Associated Press. Among the artifacts was a pink granite statue weighing...

2006-02-26 11:30:00

CAIRO -- Statues weighing up to five tonnes and thought to be of one of ancient Egypt's greatest pharaohs, Ramses II, have been found northeast of Cairo, Egypt's Supreme Antiquities Council said in a statement on Sunday. Ramses II ruled Egypt from 1304 to 1237 BC, and presided over an era of great military expansion, erecting statues and temples to himself all over Egypt. He is traditionally believed to be the pharaoh mentioned in the biblical story of Moses. "Many parts of red granite...


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