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Sharjah interactive exhibition on archaeological discovery in Egypt

SHARJAH, November 11, 2021

A Sharjah interactive exhibition is employing audio, visual and action-based activities to focus attention on a major archaeological discovery near Valley of the Kings in Egypt.
Organised by Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) in partnership with the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy, the event brings to life the history of Deir El-Medina, an ancient Egyptian workmen’s village that was once home to 800 builders, artists, and painters who worked on Egypt’s pharaohs tombs in Valley of The Kings in 1500 BC.
The opening of 'Deir El-Medina, Pharaohs Artists Village' exhibition was attended by Manal Ataya, Director-General of SMA, and Dr Zaki Aslan, Director of ICCROM-Sharjah.
Developed by, and held at Sharjah Archaeology Museum from November 10 to August 31,2022, the event is geared toward children aged four years and above, and their families.
While most objects uncovered in the village are displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Turin, SMA’s artefact-free exhibition will transport UAE’s youngsters back in time in an environment of interaction that tell the story of Deir El-Medina, ancient Egyptians’ life, costumes and language.
It comprises a lineup of hands-on and knowledge-production activities including restoring replicas of artefacts, becoming archaeologists in a small-scale excavation replica site, and using touch-screens to write in hieroglyphs and transform into pharaohs.
Ataya said: “We are proud to organise this first-of-its-kind children's exhibition, to allow our young audience to explore the ancient Egyptian history and learn about archaeology.
“We realise archeology is not a topic that is easily accessible to young people therefore, by rethinking how to engage children, we created this immersive interactive environment to help them appreciate the experience and understand it better.”
Aspects of the exhibition, which is the first event and exhibition organised after an MoU was signed between SMA and the Egyptian Museum in Turin (Fondazione Museo delle Antichita) in 2019, to collaborate in areas of research, education and programs, will also be available virtually.
Egyptian Museum Director Christian Greco said: “The exhibition ‘Deir El-Medina, Pharaohs Artists Village' allows children and their families to remotely visit one of the iconic sections of the Egyptian Museum’s collection. Thanks to videos and interactive activities students can learn in an innovative way about the ancient Egyptian costumes and about archaeologists’ tools.”
In parallel to the exhibition, a virtual seminar hosting experts from UAE, Egypt and Italy, from 11am to 2pm on December 13, will discuss the archaeology experience in Deir El-Medina, the importance of protecting cultural heritage, and the role of Egyptology in museums and education.
Speakers include Dr Cedric Gobeil and Alessia Fassone, Curators from the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Dr Zaki Aslan, Director of ICCROM-Sharjah, Dr Ikram Ghabriel, Institute of Archaeology, and Dr. Mansour Boraik, Principle Archaeology Specialist, Architectural Heritage and Antiquities, Dubai Municipality.-TradeArabia News Service


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