Friday is our day off work, at least at the site. We usually spend the time doing research in the Chicago House Library or catching up on notes, visiting other sites, buying supplies or doing all of the above. Our break this week comes, appropriately, just after Egypt’s tenth annual Archaeologists’ Day. To celebrate the work of Egyptian and international archaeologists, the Ministry of Antiquities made admission to all archeological sites in Egypt free for Egyptians and foreign residents.
The Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh El-Damaty, announced that the goal of this policy is to raise awareness of Egypt’s heritage, and also to celebrate the work of both Egyptian and foreign archaeologists. He hopes many more people will visit museums and archaeological sites, and support the preservation of this heritage, which belongs not only to Egypt, but to the whole world.
Egypt began celebrating this day in 2007, selecting January 14th because this was the date on which Egyptian archaeologists took over the management of the country’s Antiquities Service from the French, who had run it from the time it was founded in the 1860’s until 1952.
January 15, 2016