Archaeologists searching for ‘chamber of secrets’ in Khufu Pyramid

11/08/2017 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): Archaeologists claim they could be “very close” to locating a secret cavity located within the Great Pyramid of Giza, AFP reported earlier this month. A team of scientists have been working to identify the location of a hidden chamber buried within the ancient wonder of the world, adding that the existence of the space was first detected last October using non-invasive technology to study the 4,500-year-old monument.“All the devices we put in place are designed to find where the cavity is located. We know there is one, but we’re trying to find out where,” Mehdi Tayoubi, president of France’s Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute told AFP. Researchers have turned to cutting-edge technology to locate the mysterious cavity – including 3D reconstruction, infrared thermography and a technique called muography, which records particles known as muons to create images…


Met Museum goes against Islamaphobia with chats

29/07/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York explains Islamic art to its visitors in an attempt to establish an intercultural bridge against the rise of Islamophobia in the country. Following United States President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries to the U.S., a 10-minute free gallery chats program is organized every Friday in order to promote Islamic and Near Eastern art to the U.S. people. The program receives great attention, according to the officials. After Trump’s order for travel ban. Speaking to the Anadolu Agency, the Turkish curator of the Islamic art section at the Metropolitan Museum, Deniz Beyazıt, said even though they planned the program in the past, they carried it into effect after Trump’s order for the travel ban…–islamaphobia-with-chats.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115946&NewsCatID=385


Turkish archeology site in UNESCO World Heritage list

Turkish archeology site in UNESCO World Heritage list09/07/2017 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): The Aphrodisias archaeology site in southwestern Turkey has been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, according to a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement issued Sunday. The decision was made during the a UNESCO World Heritage Committee session in Krakow, Poland, the statement said. “Aphrodisias […] is one of the most important archaeological sites of Turkey […] with well-preserved sculptures, monuments, inscriptions, structures and marble quarries.” Aphrodisias is located within the borders of the southwestern Aydin province. The number of inscribed properties of Turkey on the UNESCO World Heritage List has now reached 17…


Work by shepherd sculptor mistaken for historical artifacts

Gündüz enjoyed observing historical artifacts in the area from Roman,Byzantine periods since his childhood. He started to work on little gems,stones inspired by those artifacts. With time he improved his skill,now his sculptures mesmerize spectators.30/06/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): Living in the Kirazlıyaka neighborhood of Karaman’s Başyayla district, Mehmet Ali Gündüz has been a shepherd since he was a small child. A father of three, Gündüz has enjoyed observing historical artifacts in the area from the Roman and Byzantine periods since his childhood. He started to work on little gems and stones inspired by those artifacts. With time he improved his skill, and now his sculptures mesmerize spectators. He told Anadolu Agency that he was a primary school graduate and did not receive any education on sculpting…


Development close to Roman catacombs could be withdrawn

The site in Kercem.17/06/2017 (Times of Malta – Malta): The Planning Authority board will be deciding whether to withdraw a permit for a terraced house which could threaten Gozo’s only surviving Roman catacombs. The controversial permit given to the development at a protected site in Għar Għerduf, Kercem, has triggered off protests from NGOs and residents. In a statement this afternoon, the PA said when the application was being processed, the Planning Directorate considered the zone as a Class B archaeology site. However, government records show the site had been protected as a Class A category (top protection) until October 2000. The same discrepancy was shown on the PA’s electronic system used by the Planning Directorate when the application was evaluated…


Hellenic-era tomb discovered in Shatby, Alexandria

09/06/2017 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): The Egyptian Archaeological Mission in Alexandria on Thursday discovered a Hellenic-era tomb in Al-Shatby district of Alexandria city. The Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, Mahmoud Afifi, said the discovery was made during the excavation work carried out by an Egyptian archaeological mission from the ministry’s inspectorate in Alexandria.Mustafa Rushdi, General Director of Antiquities for the Western Delta and Alexandria, said in a statement that the tomb was dated based on its architectural style and the remains of the pottery found inside it…


Istanbul Modern displays vivid, colorful art by Fahrelnissa Zeid

Fahrelnissa Zeid, 1952 Abstract Composition 181 x 167,5 cm03/06/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): Bringing together “Two Generations Under the Rainbow” consisting of the 2006 works of renowned artist Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991) and her son, Nejad Melih Devrim, Istanbul Modern is once again displaying the Zeids’ works for the first time in 11 years with a new selection. The Short-Term Exhibitions’ Hall will welcome visitors with the geometrical compositions which Zeid specializes in as well as 23 expressionist works that have references to a trio of Byzantium, Islamic and Western arts combined with her unique use of color. The collection contains works from 1940s’ Amman to 1970s’ Jordan…


Arab TV series showcases untold stories of ISIL women

28/05/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): They are mothers, daughters, wives and suicide bombers: an Arab television drama timed for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan tells the untold stories of women and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Inspired by true events, “Black Crows” airs over Ramadan, prime time for television viewers in the Arab world and it is the first television series depicting life under ISIL rule in Syria and Iraq. Produced by Saudi Arabia’s MBC Group, the series focuses on the stories of the women who volunteer with or are forced to join the jihadist group and “the fear that shapes” their relationships.  “We wanted to tell real stories that would both touch people and reflect the ugly reality of terrorism,” MBC spokesman Mazen Hayek said at the network’s Dubai headquarters…


New discovery of stone block dates back to 30th Dynasty King Nectanebo II in Sohag

20/05/2017 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): The Egyptian archaeological committee from Al-Belinna inspectorate in Abydos town in Sohag governorate has stumbled upon a stone block engraved with the cartouche of the 30th Dynasty King Nectanebo II, during the inspection of an old house in Beni Mansour area, whose owner had illegally excavated. The Tourism and Antiquities Police caught the criminals red-handed and put the house under their jurisdiction, according to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Antiquities. Hani Abul Azm, Head of the Central Administration for Antiquities of Upper Egypt announced that the discovered block may be a part of King Nectanebo II’s royal shrine or an extension of a wall of a temple that the king built there. Nectanebo II is well known for his construction activities in Abydos…


Dubai Cares’ volunteers catalogue 10,000 books destined for Syrian Refugee Children in Jordan

13/05/2017 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): In line with the spirit of the UAE’s “Year of Giving 2017”, Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has harnessed the kindness and clerical skills of Arabic-speaking volunteers in the UAE to set a 10,000 Arabic-language books inventory. The books destined to be distributed to Syrian refugee children in Jordan, were catalogued by 200 Arabic-speaking volunteers at the National Charity School in Dubai on May 13. Each volunteer made a commitment to complete one of two 4-hour shifts, with most working their way through a pile of around 50 books, inputting title, author, year published and other details on an Excel spreadsheet. All processed reading material is part of the collection of books assembled through the Dubai Cares-supported Reading Nation campaign.