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Flemish Institute hosts Asyut lecture

Tue, Sep. 26, 2017
CAIRO – 26 September 2017: The Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo will host a lecture about the deep history of the Asyut region, especially the village of Shutb, on Thursday. The lecture will be given by Ilona Regulski, curator for Egyptian written culture at the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum, on September 28 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The village of Shutb, five kilometers south of Asyut, includes the remains of ancient Shashotep, a regional center dating back to 2000 C.E. The situation on the ground thus provides an ideal archaeological and anthropological context rarely preserved in the Egyptian Nile Valley.

To preserve this historic village, the British Museum is launching the Asyut region project, aimed at reconstructing and preserving the deep history of the Asyut region through survey and documentation of its pharaonic and post-pharaonic heritage, including the varied responses of local communities who live atop the layers of history.

Regulski is responsible for the papyrus collection and other inscribed material in the collection, including the Rosetta Stone.
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