Archaeologists uncover burial sites, statue in Egypt’s Aswan

A handout picture provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on Dec. 4, 2017 shows archaeologists unearthing an ancient Egyptian statue, found at the site of a dig in the Colossi of Memnon area across the Nile from Egypt’s southern city of Luxor. The ministry said on December 3 that an Egyptian-European mission discovered 27 fragmented statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet, known as The Lady of War, in an area off the west bank of the Nile from Luxor, which used to be a capital for ancient Egypt.(AFP/HO/Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)
Updated 14 December 2017
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Archaeologists uncover burial sites, statue in Egypt’s Aswan

CAIRO: Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered four intact burial sites, part of a cemetery and an incomplete statue in different areas in the southern city of Aswan.
Thursday’s statement by the ministry says the new discoveries span different eras of Egypt’s ancient history.
The burial sites are for children and date back to the 18th dynasty, some 3,500 years ago. They include wooden coffins and funerary furniture.
The ministry also said archaeologists have uncovered part of a cemetery including mud-brick tombs from the First Intermediate Period.
Another mission unearthed a headless statue carved in limestone dating to the Greco-Roman era. The statue’s feet and right hand are missing but preliminary studies show it is dressed like the Greek goddess of virginity, wilderness and hunt, “Artemis.”


Two Arab hopefuls make it to the Miss Universe competition

Updated 10 December 2018
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Two Arab hopefuls make it to the Miss Universe competition

  • The competition will be held in Thailand on Dec. 16
  • Miss ­Lebanon and Miss Egypt are the only Arab contestants at the 67th edition of Miss Universe

DUBAI: Miss Lebanon and Miss Egypt are set to represent the Middle East at Dec. 16’s Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

Miss ­Lebanon, Maya Reaidy, and Miss Egypt, Nariman Khaled, are the only Arab contestants at the 67th edition of Miss Universe, which will see 93 contestants smile, wave, sashay and generally delight the crowd next week.

The show is set to be hosted by US comedian Steve Harvey, who in 2016 made international headlines in a hilarious, cringe-worthy slip-up where he announced the wrong winner.

Harvey will be joined — perhaps saved — on stage by US model Ashley Graham.

Reaidy is a pharmacy student at the Lebanese American University, while Khaled is studying business information systems in Egypt.