Workers, renovating a home in central Anatolia, Turkey, were surprised to discover a network of ancient tunnels underneath the house. Mustafa Bozdemir, who inherited the single-storey house in Kayseri Province five years ago, has requested permission from local authorities to fully excavate the site.
Egyptian authorities have confiscated 246 pieces of jewellery from the Mohamed Ali dynasty, named after the late 19th-century Ottoman ruler who is recognised as having brought the country into the Modern era. The ornate pieces, which include a 44-carat diamond and a platinum brooch inlaid with diamonds, will soon be put on display at the Royal Jewellery Museum in Alexandria.
A former shopkeeper in Jordan is now using his rock climbing skills to help preserve the ancient site of Petra, thanks to a Unesco project.
The Siq Stability Project—which has trained locals to help monitors the gorge that runs through Petra—has had a life-changing impact on Ataf Al Fager of the Bedouin village Um Sayhoun, next to Petra. While he previously sold souvenirs to tourists, Al Fager has now been trained in rock climbing techniques, allowing him to monitor the optical prisms installed on the rock face, used as reflectors by surveyors.
The Bolton Museum in northern England is planning a £1.8m Egyptology wing that will include a life-size facsimile of the burial chamber of King Tuthmosis III. Awarded £115,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012 to update their Egyptian galleries, the museum is now planning to make a bid for a second lottery grant that would allow it to build an entirely new display area above the current museum and library, dedicated to the art and culture of ancient Egypt.
Five ancient Egyptian artefacts, allegedly stolen from the same tomb in south Saqqara sometime during the past 13 years, have been located in Budapest and Paris, reports Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities.
Around 200 stolen artefacts, recovered since Egypt’s 2011 revolution, are now on show at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo in an exhibition that runs for three months. Most of the objects were recovered abroad, while some 60 were seized in Egypt before they could leave the country.