Archaeologists have found the remains of boats used by ancient Egyptians for trading trips, the culture minister said in comments published on Wednesday.
The boats were discovered in caves in a pharaonic harbour on Egypt's Red Sea coast around 300 miles southeast of Cairo, Farouk Hosni said in comments carried by Egypt's state MENA news agency
They were used to transport goods to and from the Land of Punt, he said. The Land of Punt, mentioned in ancient Egyptian writings, is thought by most archaeologists to be the coast of the Horn of Africa.
"Excavations discovered a group of sail and mast ropes, wooden ship beams and thin planks made of cedars, imported from northern Syria," MENA quoted Zahi Hawas, chairman of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, as saying.
Hawas said a team from Boston University in the United States working with an Italian team had made the discovery.
That's the whole thing.
FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER A CONVICTED FELON. . .almost Archaeology seminar works to harmonize history, development
Residential developers were urged to be proactive in protecting both the graves of ancient peoples and their own economic interests by representatives of tribal, federal and state agencies during a seminar organized by the Coolidge Growth Management office.
City Planner Sue Laybourn brought together five speakers and 23 representatives of 12 developers and engineering firms, along with about 30 others, for five hours of presentations by representatives of the Gila River Indian Community, the Ak-Chin Indian Community, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Arizona State Museum.
Read down a bit for the Carter stuff. Nice article explaining various ins and outs of the effects of development on archaeological resources in Arizona.
Rare statue displayed at Israel Museum
A centuries-old statue of Venus, headless but vibrant with color and detail, went on display Wednesday at the Israel Museum, a decade after it was discovered in northern Israel.
The life-size marble work represents one of the most important discoveries of Roman sculpture in the world, said James Snyder, director of the museum.