The Training School for Egyptology Archives Skills, organized by the Egypt Exploration Society, concluded last week with the support of the British Council. The workshop was held in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, as well as several institutions such as the French Institute of Oriental Archeology and the American Research Center.
Essam Nagy, Regional Director of the Egypt Exploration Society, stated that the training school’s activities dealt with several axes, including field visits to archives preserved in the aforementioned institutions, in addition to theoretical lectures interspersed with interactive activities that dealt with methods and basics of dealing with archaeological archives, methods and materials used in preserving and managing them, indexing and converting them into an image. Digital using modern technology.
Naji added that the training school dealt with research skills in archives available on the international information network and ways to employ these sources and benefit from them in interpreting the museum display and working in the archaeological field.
At the end of the school, the trainees made presentations that included practical applications on pieces from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, resulting from the excavations of the Egypt Exploration Society in various Egyptian sites since its founding in 1882 AD.
In their presentations, the trainees were able to use the archaeological archives to visualize how to develop the presentation of these pieces in line with modern trends in interpreting museum pieces and linking them to the environment of antiquity discovery and the archaeological context in which they were discovered.
The trainees and organizers were hosted by Gareth Bailey, the British Ambassador to Egypt, at the British Embassy in Cairo to honor them. Then they each:
The British Ambassador to Egypt, Dr. Khaled Sherif, Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Carl Greaves, Director of the Egypt Exploration Association, Ruth Cox, Deputy Director of the British Council, Dr. Ayman Ashmawi, Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector, Dr. Hisham El-Leithi, Head of the Central Department of Museum Stores and Director General of the Antiquities Registration Center The Egyptian Museum, and Sabah Abdel Razek, Director General of the Egyptian Museum, handed over certificates to the trainees for passing the training school.
It is worth noting that 4 trainees will be selected to travel to the United Kingdom to benefit from the content they learned during school and apply it to the projects of the Egypt Exploration Educational Society, which will be produced in both English and Arabic, and aims to provide the opportunity for these researchers to gain more experience and training on archives preserved in various Scientific Institutions in the United Kingdom.
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