Vortrag von Helmut Brandl
Ort: Florenz, ICE XI, 23.-30.08.2015
The M.i.N Project: Researching antiquities from the Eastern Nile Delta
Past excavations of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization (EAO) have unearthed important Delta cities and their necropolises and many of the discovered artefacts still await research and publication. M.i.N. (“Museen im Nildelta”), an Egyptian-German project supported by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, focuses on the study and publication of these artefacts, now housed in some of the lesser-known museums of the Delta. The project:
• Raises awareness of Lower Egypt’s cultural heritage;
• Gathers all information related to the find circumstances of these objects;
• Provides descriptions and excellent images of some excavated or well-attributed objects;
• Provides scholarly, illustrated essays on related Delta archaeology;
• Raises interest among Arabic speakers by publishing in Arabic as well as in English.
To date three museums have been included:
1. The Museum of the University of Zagazig, with M.I. Bakr’s finds from Kufur Nigm and Bubastis, including a hoard of jewellery discovered in 1992. The first M.i.N. volume, Egyptian Antiquities from Kufur Nigm and Bubastis (2010), covers these collections.
2. The National Museum of Sharkeya (now closed) housed sculptures and grave goods from Bubastis, Tanis, Imet (Nebesheh) and other sites. The second volume, Egyptian Antiquities from the Eastern Nile Delta (2014), covers these.
3. The Ismailia Museum, with many antiquities discovered by J. Clédat at Tell el-Maskhouta and in the Suez Canal region, is the present focus for M.i.N. and will be covered in the forthcoming third volume.