CAIRO – 19 October 2021: The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has completed the second phase of the project to develop visitor services in the archaeological area of Beni Hasan in El-Minya Governorate.
This project comes in cooperation with the Dutch Flemish Institute and the Urban Thought Association, with a funding from the Dutch Embassy in Cairo.
This project comes within the framework of the ministry's plan to develop the services provided to Egyptian and foreign visitors in various museums and archaeological sites in a way that improves their experience and encourages them to visit again.
General Supervisor of Services Development at archaeological sites and museums Iman Zeidan explained that the second phase of the project included determining the route of the visit and preparing a map of the site, in addition to placing a number of explanatory panels that include historical information that highlights the importance of the site. Zeidan further explained that the cemeteries open for visits were equipped with a QR code to obtain more information or to view it in digital form.
Moreover, the site has been made suitable to individuals with special needs, as corridors that allow easy movement have been prepared and directional panels written in Braille have been installed.
This is in addition to providing seats for the convenience of visitors and garbage baskets that work with a garbage separation system in order to encourage recycling and preserve the surrounding environment. Also, the mobile toilets have been replaced with new ones.
It should be noted that the first phase of this project started in 2018. It included training a number of antiquities inspectors and museum curators on the principles of management plans for archaeological sites and museums by technical experts. A book on the basics of managing archaeological sites has been completed and published in both Arabic and English.
The archaeological area of Beni Hasan is one of the most important archaeological areas in El-Minya Governorate, as it contains a large number of rock-carved tombs.
Among them, four tombs are open for visits with stunning colorful inscriptions. They show murals of daily life and military scenes, as well as scenes of recreational activities such as sports, rhythmic dances and hunting.
El-Minya Governorate, with its privileged location on the Nile River, is one of the most important governorates of Upper Egypt, which bears witness to the history of Egypt in its various eras.
It embraces a number of archaeological areas and tourist attractions, including the ruins of Tel Al-Amarna, Tuna Al-Jabal, Al-Ashmouni, Al-Bahnasa, and Mallawi Museum.