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Monday, November 7, 2016

Ministry of Antiquities: Karnak Cachette: New perspectives on the discoveries of Georges Legrain


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A New Book by MoA and IFAO under the title: "Karnak Cachette: New prespectives on the discoveries of Georges Legrain" launched:
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Dr. Hussein Bassir, General Director of the General Administration of Scientific Publication, announced that the Ministry of Antiquities and the French Archaeological Institute for Oriental studies (IFAO) have published a new book entitled La Cachette de Karnak: Nouvelles perspectives sur les découvertes de Georges Legrain
The book is the result of fruitful cooperation between the Ministry of Antiquities andthe IFAO to highlight the excavation works carried out at Karnak temples by renowned French archaeologist Georges Legrain, after one hundred years of his discovery of Karnak Cachette and to pay tribute to his diligent work at Thebes.
The book has four parts: Part One analyzes cachettes in Pharaonic Egypt; Part Two deals with historical and archaeological approaches of the Karnak Cachette; Part Three investigates the contribution of the Karnak Cachette to the Egyptian history and art history; and Part Four goes into the Late Period statues of Karnak Cachette and their function in the Karnak temples. The book ends with an index and English summaries of the contributions.
Twenty-four studies on the Karnak Cachette are included, written by international scholars.
The contributions, written in English, French, or German, investigate objects found in this deposit, analyze the Cachette itself, or shed light on other Egyptian cachettes.
George Legrain (1865-1917) started his work in Egypt as a member of the French institute before being appointed by Jacques De Morgan as inspector of the Service des Antiquités and then as director of the works at Karnak in 1895. Legrain excavated the cachette between 1903 and 1907, leading to the discovery of a very high number of artifacts, some of which are still unpublished. These objects are of great significance for the religious life at Karnak and for the history and art of ancient Egypt between the Middle Kingdom and the Ptolemaic Period. The Karnak Cachette is really one of the major archaeological discoveries in Egypt in the twentieth century.


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