Vortrag von Helmut Brandl
Ort: Florenz, ICE XI, 23.-30.08.2015

The M.i.N Project: Researching antiquities from the
Eastern Nile Delta

Past
excavations of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization (EAO) have unearthed
important Delta cities and their necropolises and many of the discovered
artefacts still await research and publication. M.i.N. (“Museen im Nildelta”),
an Egyptian-German project supported by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities,
focuses on the study and publication of these artefacts, now housed in some of
the lesser-known museums of the Delta. The project:

• Raises
awareness of Lower Egypt’s cultural heritage;

• Gathers all
information related to the find circumstances of these objects;

• Provides
descriptions and excellent images of some excavated or well-attributed objects;

• Provides scholarly,
illustrated essays on related Delta archaeology;

• Raises
interest among Arabic speakers by publishing in Arabic as well as in English.

To date three
museums have been included:

1. The Museum
of the University of Zagazig, with M.I. Bakr’s finds from Kufur Nigm and Bubastis,
including a hoard of jewellery discovered in 1992. The first M.i.N. volume,
Egyptian Antiquities from Kufur Nigm and Bubastis (2010), covers these
collections.

2. The National
Museum of Sharkeya (now closed) housed sculptures and grave goods from Bubastis,
Tanis, Imet (Nebesheh) and other sites. The second volume, Egyptian Antiquities
from the Eastern Nile Delta (2014), covers these.

3. The Ismailia
Museum, with many antiquities discovered by J. Clédat at Tell el-Maskhouta and
in the Suez Canal region, is the present focus for M.i.N. and will be covered
in the forthcoming third volume.