Ancient mining operations buildings found in Egypt

A handout picture provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on January 11, 2018 shows the ruins of two buildings used to supervise mines in ancient Egypt more than 4,400 years ago. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AFP)
Updated 11 January 2018
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Ancient mining operations buildings found in Egypt

CAIRO: The ruins of two buildings used to supervise mines in ancient Egypt more than 4,400 years ago have been discovered in the south, the antiquities ministry said on Thursday.
The find was made by a US-Egyptian mission in the Tal Edfu area north of the city of Aswan.
One building was from the era of the pharaoh Djedkare Isesi of the fifth dynasty which ruled Egypt more than 4,400 years ago, the ministry said.
The other was constructed during the sixth dynasty which ruled between 2,323 BC and 2,135 BC.
“The complex consists of two massive buildings containing many rooms and it is yet to be fully examined,” the antiquities ministry’s Ayman Ashmawy told AFP.
“These buildings were used as administrative buildings for the mining teams which would head to the eastern desert to search for gold, copper and precious stones.”
The mission found a large number of seals “used to seal everything that would enter and leave storage,” in addition to correspondence between officials and the pharaoh, he said.
According to historians, Djedkare Isesi’s era was known for its expeditions to extract raw materials, especially copper, from south Sinai.
Separately near Aswan, an Egyptian team found a limestone funerary plate 40 centimeters (nearly 16 inches) tall and 27 centimeters (10.5 inches) wide, Ashmawy said.
It was found in the temple of Kom Ombo where a 25-centimeter-tall sandstone statue of a person squatting and two statues of the deity Horus were also discovered.


Cat filter appears during Pakistani official’s live-stream briefing

Updated 17 June 2019
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Cat filter appears during Pakistani official’s live-stream briefing

  • Social media was quick to pounce on the image
  • Politician's team says actions have been taken to prevent “such an incident” in the future

PESHAWAR: It was a mistake that had some people in Pakistan scratching their whiskers.
A regional minister was giving a briefing that was live-streamed on social media last week when viewers noticed officials appeared as cats. Someone had left a cat filter on.
Social media was quick to pounce on the image.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the ruling party’s social media team wrote after investigating it determined “human error” by a hard working volunteer caused the mistake. The team said the cat filter was removed “within a few minutes.”
The team says actions have been taken to prevent “such an incident” in the future.