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Ministry of Antiquities Resumes Huge Project on Hieroglyphic and Greek Inscriptions in Sinai

The ambitious project aims to create a database with high quality images for each and every inscription.

South Sinai

The second phase of a project documenting inscriptions at ancient sites in South Sinai has just been launched by Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.

Head of the Central Department of the Effects of the Sea, Nadia Khedr, explains that the purpose of the second phase of the project is to document ancient inscriptions found in the Sinai's valleys, which fluctuate between hieroglyphics, Greek and Arabic.

Khedr adds that the mission began its work in Wadi Omeira, where its inscriptions included the names of the kings of the first family.

Director General of North Sinai and head of the mission, Hisham Hussein, mentioned that their current work focuses on creating a database recording all rock inscriptions with high quality images for each one, adding that the technology they’re using allows them to retrieve missing information from the inscriptions.

Hussein also states that as a sort of side project, the Central Training Department of the South Sinai and Red Sea Training Center is planning to organise a training course for documenting rock inscriptions for archaeologists.

Previous sites from the first phase of the project include Wadi al-Dom, Al-Silik, Al-Rasais, and Al Ain Sokhna.

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