Thursday, February 23, 2006

More on new Nubia exhibit (Chicago Tribune)
As reported earlier, the Oriental Institute, in Chicago, U.S., has opened a new permanent exhibit dedicated to ancient Nubia. "The Oriental Institute has long been involved with preserving Nubia's legacy. During two harrowing expeditions from 1905 to 1907, founder James Henry Breasted was one of the first scientists to document Nubian ruins and record hieroglyphic inscriptions carved into their walls.In the 1920s and 1930s, institute excavations of royal temples and tombs in Egypt's City of the Dead at Thebes yielded scores of Nubian artifacts from an era when Nubia was ruled as an Egyptian colony. Among them is a striking sculpture of an African face, the realistic likeness of a Nubian slave, that is displayed in the exhibit. The bulk of the institute's Nubian holdings came from excavations of great Nubian archeological sites from 1961 to 1968, before they were covered by a manmade lake created by damming the Nile at Aswan. Egypt and Sudan at that time invited archeologists to come and retrieve as much as they could before the sites were inundated. As an enticement, they were allowed to keep most of what they found."
See the above artice for the full story.

See the museum's website for details about the collection:
A photo gallery showing some of the photographs in the collection is at:

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