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Egypt: Archaeologists unearth ancient beer factory in Abydos

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An Egyptian antiquities official says archaeologists have unearthed what could be the world's oldest known beer factory at one of the most prominent archaeological sites of ancient EgyptBy SAMY MAGDY Associated PressFebruary 13, 2021, 9:14 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCAIRO -- American and Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed what could be the oldest known beer factory at one of the most prominent archaeological sites of ancient Egypt, a top antiquities official said on Wednesday.Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the factory was found in Abydos, an ancient burial ground located in the desert west of the Nile River, over 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Cairo.He said the factory apparently dates back to the...
Arab Spring exiles look back 10 years after Egypt uprising

Arab Spring exiles look back 10 years after Egypt uprising

World
LONDON -- The Egyptians who took to the streets on Jan. 25, 2011, knew what they were doing. They knew they risked arrest and worse. But as their numbers swelled in Cairo's central Tahrir Square, they tasted success.Police forces backed off, and within days, former President Hosni Mubarak agreed to demands to step down.But events didn't turn out the way many of the protesters envisioned. A decade later, thousands are estimated to have fled abroad to escape the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi that is considered even more oppressive. The significant loss of academics, artists, journalists and other intellectuals has, along with a climate of fear, hobbled any political opposition.Dr. Mohamed Aboelgheit was among those jailed in the southern city of Assiut in 2011 after joining c...
Ancient Egypt: Mummified animals ‘digitally unwrapped’ in 3D scans

Ancient Egypt: Mummified animals ‘digitally unwrapped’ in 3D scans

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Three mummified animals from ancient Egypt have been digitally unwrapped and dissected by researchers using high-resolution 3D scans. The snake, bird and cat, from the Egypt Centre's collection at Swansea University, are at least 2,000 years old. Ancient texts suggest they were offerings to the souls of the departed, but little was known of their fate. Researchers said the details revealed by the scans were "extraordinary". Using micro CT scanners, which generate 3D images with 100 times the resolution of medical CT scans, the animals' remains were analysed in previously unseen detail, giving an insight into how they were killed and the ritual behind it. ...
The Latest: Egypt reopens airports, museums, Giza Pyramids

The Latest: Egypt reopens airports, museums, Giza Pyramids

Health
CAIRO - Egypt has reopened its airports, the Egyptian museum and the famed Giza Pyramids in Cairo, for the first time in more than three months since the coronavirus closure. The national carrier, EgyptAir, said around 2,000 passengers left Cairo's international airport on 14 international flights on Wednesday. Two flights carrying over 350 Ukrainian tourists landed in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada and the major resort and beach destination of Sharm el Sheikh in the southern part of Sinai Peninsula. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said around two dozen museums and tourist sites also received visitors with preventive measures in place against the coronavirus. They include the Egyptian museum, the Giza Pyramids and the Citadel of Saladin in Cairo,...

Thunderstorms bring widespread flooding to Egypt, killing 5

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Officials say thunderstorms packing heavy rains and lightning have caused widespread flooding across Egypt, killing at least five people and injuring five othersBy NOHA ELHENNAWY Associated PressMarch 12, 2020, 10:07 PM3 min readCAIRO -- Thunderstorms packing heavy rains and lightning caused widespread flooding across Egypt on Thursday, killing at least five people and injuring five others, officials said as authorities shuttered schools, government offices and an airport. A child died and five people were injured when floods demolished their houses in a rural area in the southern province of Qena, where lightning ignited several fires. Also in Qena, a motorist was killed when winds blew his car into a canal. Photos and video footage circulated on social media showed flooded roads, dama...