Bibliotheca Alexandrina organized a free symposium under the title “Recent Restoration Projects in Saqqara” by Ashraf Owais, Director of the Saqqara Antiquities Restoration Department at the Sinnari House.
The symposium revolved around the Saqqara region and its archaeological importance., and the efforts made by the Ministry of Antiquities to maintain the area as one of the most important heritage sites in the world.
It also included a detailed presentation of the project to restore the Step Pyramid and the project to restore the southern cemetery, in addition to the project to restore what is know as the “butchers’ tomb” as one of the models for overcoming natural disasters.
The symposium comes within the framework of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s keenness to spread awareness, culture, and interest in history and heritage, in addition to highlighting the efforts currently being made by the state to roll out several amazing archaeological discoveries and preserve them.
It is worth noting that Owais a visiting lecturer at the Japanese University of
Kansai and Helwan University. He is credited with transferring the mural painting of Tuta’s tomb from Al-Dayabat archaeological site in Sohag to the Museum of the New Administrative Capital. He has also participated in the restoration of various tombs, pyramids and temples.
Contributed by: Taarek Refaat