Zahi Hawass: Excavations project at Ramses III site in Saudi Arabia to launch on November 2021


Thu, 27 May 2021 - 11:01 GMT

FILE - Zahi Hawass

FILE - Zahi Hawass

CAIRO – 27 May 2021: Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass said that he was happy to attend a meeting with Head of the Heritage Authority of the Saudi Ministry of Culture Jasser al-Harbish regarding the excavation project for the Ramses III site in Saudi Arabia, due to start in November.




Hawass indicated in a statement by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on Thursday, that research confirmed that King Ramses III had sent missions to bring copper from a neighboring country, documenting that fact on a papyrus from that era. This country is Saudi Arabia. This was determined after the discovery of a trade route, information regarding which will soon be revealed.




Hawass also noted that there are many other areas on the trade route linking the two countries, where excavations are set to be carried out to reveal new evidence of the 3,000-year-old missions sent to Saudi Arabia by Egyptian kings.




According to Hawass, it is known that Egyptian antiquities were found in Saudi Arabia, which is an important group of scarabs.




It was agreed to conduct many other projects related to heritage preservation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and to make a series of documentary films on Saudi antiquities.




The meeting was attended by many archaeologists and officials of the Heritage Authority in Riyadh.




Jasser al-Harbash gifted Hawass some replicas representing prehistoric artifacts that were discovered in Saudi Arabia.



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