Sunday, July 11, 2010

Antiquities documentation in Egypt

Al Ahram Weekly (Nevine El-Aref)

It was celebration time on 16 June when 73 Ijunior archaeologists gathered to mark the completion of their six-week-long IT training course. The event was held in the Ahmed Pasha Kamal Hall on the first floor of the Supreme Council of Antiquities' (SCA) premises in Zamalek, where Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of the SCA, told the archaeologists that they were now the core of a technical, scientific and archaeological unit which would carry out one of the SCA's most important tasks.

The mega project aims at documenting Egypt's antiquities, both movable and immobile. It will also provide a technological database that will record and track every artefact in the storage facilities of every archaeological site in Egypt and will follow the object's movements inside and outside the facility.

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