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A New Queen Discovered in Egypt
Saqqarah
By Florencemassena
21 May 2015

At Saqqara, the site of Abu Sir has been closed to the public for two years for rehabilitation. Meanwhile, a team of Czech archaeologists has unearthed a funerary complex composed of several tombs and pyramids. The latest discovery to date is the tomb of Queen Khentkaus III, a kind of missing link of the Fifth Dynasty, which may fill the gaps in archeologists' knowledge of the Fourth and Fifth Pharaonic Dynasties. With the researcher Jaromir Krejci, we were able to access this site, still not accessible to the public, and that still holds many secrets.

Pictures by Vinciane Jacquet

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Une nouvelle reine découverte en Egypte

A Saqqarah, le site d'Abou Sir est fermé depuis deux ans au public pour réhabilitation. Pendant ce temps, une équipe d'archéologues tchèques a mis à jour un complexe funéraire regroupant plusieurs tombes et pyramides. La dernière découverte en date est celle de la tombe de la reine Khentkaus III,une sorte de chaînon manquant de la cinquième dynastie, qui permet de combler les lacunes sur les connaissances de la quatrième et cinquième dynasties. Avec le chercheur Jaromir Krejci, nous avons pu accéder à ce site encore non accessible au public, et qui livre encore bien des secrets.

Photographies de Vinciane Jacquet

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Sudan: The Ancient Nubian Pyramids at...
Meroe
By sorinfurcoi
21 Apr 2015

More than 200km from the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the remains of an ancient city rise from the arid and inhospitable terrain like a science-fiction film set. Nestled between sand dunes, the secluded pyramids seem to have been forgotten by the modern world, with no nearby restaurants or hotels to cater to tourists. The Nubian Meroe pyramids, much smaller but just as impressive as the more famous Egyptian ones, are found on the east bank of the Nile river, near a group of villages called Bagrawiyah. The pyramids get their name from the ancient city of Meroe, the capital of the Kingdom of Kush, an ancient African kingdom situated in what is now the Republic of Sudan. Around 1000 BCE, after the fall of the 24th Egyptian dynasty, the Nubian Kingdom of Kush arose as the leading power in the middle Nile region. The Kushite kings took over and ruled much of Egypt from 712 to 657 BCE. In 300 BCE, when the capital and royal burial ground of the kingdom moved to the Meroe region, the pharaonic tradition of building pyramids to encapsulate the tombs of rulers continued here.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. La quatrième tombe doit toujours être fouillée, ce qui permettrait de parvenir a des résultats archéologiques finaux.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The fourth grave still must be searched, which would help complete the final archaeological findings.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. Elle fait partie d'une nécropole de trois tombes attenantes a la pyramide du Roi Nyuserre (2445-2421 avant J-C), reliée a celle d'un officiel, et serait probablement sa femme, la mere de son successeur le Roi Menkauhor, enterre au Nord de Saqqara.

March 25, 2014. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. It is part of a necropolis of three adjacent graves at the pyramid of King Nyuserre (2445-2421 BC), connected to an official's one, and would probably be his wife, the mother of his successor King Menkauhor, buried in Northern Saqqara.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. Les archéologues ont découvert une inscription sur la tombe : "Femme du Roi et mère du Roi". Cela permettrait aux chercheurs de combler un vide dans la connaissance de l'Histoire de l'Ancien Royaume.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The archaeologists discovered an inscription on the tomb: "Wide of the King and mother of King". This would enable researchers to fill a gap in the knowledge of the History of the Old Kingdom.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. La tombe de la reine Khentkaus III, appartenant a la cinquième dynastie, a été découverte a l'automne 2014 par une équipe d'archéologues tchèques sur le site d'Abou Sir, a 25 km au Sud-Ouest du Caire, dans le site historique de Saqqara.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The tomb of Queen Khentkaus III, belonging to the Fifth Dynasty, was discovered in the fall of 2014 by a team of Czech archaeologists at the site of Abu Sir, 25km southwest of Cairo, on Saqqara's historical site.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. La tombe inachevée du Roi Neferefre (2419-2416 avant J-C) a été découverte en 1994.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The unfinished tomb of King Neferefre (2419-2416 BC) was discovered in 1994.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. Elle fait partie d'une necropole de trois tombes attenantes a la pyramide du Roi Nyuserre (2445-2421 avant J-C), reliee a celle d'un officiel, et serait probablement sa femme, la mere de son successeur le Roi Menkauhor, enterre au Nord de Saqqara.

March 25, 2014. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. Part of a necropolis of three adjacent graves at the pyramid of King Nyuserre (2445-2421 BC is connected to an official's one, probabaly that of his wife, the mother of his successor King Menkauhor, buried in Northern Saqqara.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. La tombe inachevee du Roi Neferefre (2419-2416 avant J-C) a ete decouverte en 1994.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The unfinished tomb of King Neferefre (2419-2416 BC) was discovered in 1994.

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CITIZENS OF A DEAD CITY
Cairo, Egypt
By serengeti1 serengeti1
15 May 2013

The world understands the value of the pyramids, the sphynx. Cairo today is a bustling world city at the receiving end of the so called Arab Spring - a collective cry from the people of Egypt for a better future. But where are the voices of the people living on the fringes of Egytian society, people like the half a million "citizens" of The City of the Dead -- a massive cemetary in the heart of Cairo.
At a time when journalists were banned from el Arafa, this video crew slipped into the cemetary and managed to get a snapshot of lives being lived among the dead of Cairo.

For understandable reasons no one in this piece can be identified. I promised to respect their wishes. Clients are welcome to use nom-de plumes wherever they wish.

BACKGROUND TO THE PIECE
(NOTE: CLIENT SHOULD SUPPLY LATEST TAHRIR SQUARE CIVIL UNREST FOOTAGE) At a time of ongoing political unrest and turmoil, when thousands Egyptians fill Tahrir Square in search of political stability and economic freedom, there is a dark side to Cairo’s social order. It’s a side of Cairo life seldom exposed to the outside world. Few people in Cairo speak of it. It’s a subject never brought up in polite conversation, or over dinner tables. It’s part of Cairo’s national buried conscience, a collective embarrassment, if you will.
It’ s the City of the Dead, el Arafa, also called Qarafa by the Cairenes – the people of Cairo. This four mile (6.4k,) long necropolis (cemetery)with its dense tomb and mausoleum structures, below the Mokattam hills in south eastern Cairo is home to over 500 000 people who live and work among the dead. Some are refugees from other parts of Egypt, from the earth quake of 1992, or from city demolitions and urban renewal programs. Some want to be near their loved ones, recent or ancient relatives. The poorest live in the City of the Dead slum, locally known as Manshiyat naser, also known as Garbage City. During the time of Mubarrak, foreign journalists were expelled if they reported on el Arafa. They were warned to pay no attention to the City of the Dead if they ever wanted to return to Egypt.
But today, many of those marching for a better future on Tahrir Square come from Qarafa. Here, among the tombs and the sarcophagi and mausoleums, children are born, people cry, laugh, and live their extraordinary invisible lives. High rent and rampant unemployment in Cairo have forced people into the cemetery. The majority of these citizens of el Arafa are Muslims, but there are a few scattered Christian families as well.
Many of the tombs are house-like: a tradition that stems from ancient Egypt. What cuts these people off from the rest of Cairo – and also adds to the mystique of the place - are massive walls that surrounds the “city” on all four sides. Some tombs are very old but people are still buried there ever day. There are two separate rooms for men and women in most of the tombs; before the funeral , people are interred in an opening in the ground in the basement of the tomb and covered by a stone slab. During the funeral the stone slab is removed and the body is placed on a shelf...which concludes the internment process.
Access to the City of the Dead is not easy. The “citizens” generally don’t like tourists or cameras and are as a rule not very welcoming to strangers. This crew managed to get special permission from the locals to film in the City of the Dead only for four hours one night. We also had to hide from Mubarrak’s police, since it was officially forbidden for foreign journalist to report from the City of the Dead.
Now for the first time, with Mabarrak gone, these images can be shown.

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SYRIA'S HERITAGE SITES; BSM STRIKE; P...
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
01 Oct 2012

Rising concern over Syria's historic world heritage sites prompts scientific, archaeological and religious organizations to call for increased local and international pressure on Syria to stop the destruction of their cultural heritage.

Municipal workers from Barcelona Municipal Services (BSM) called a 24 hour strike today, Monday, October 1, 2012, with over 400 workers demonstrating in the streets of Barcelona in protest against budget cuts, including Christmas bonuses, being implemented in accordance with austerity laws approved by the Spanish government. The workers want to negotiate a solution with Municipal Services that would allow them to recover an economic loss that represents a 14% cut in their wages.

The 30th annual Pharaohs International Rally kicked off on Monday, October 1, 2012 near the Giza pyramids, to the enthusiasm of an international crowd waiting to see which top international competitor will come out ahead. Top contenders for the race include Emirati driver Khalifa al-Mutaiwei and French driver Jean-Louis Schlesser.