Latvia united with Egypt in „Tutankhamen's Amber"

Latvia united with Egypt in „Tutankhamen's Amber
06-06-2013 A+ A-
Last week, on 30 May, Iveta Šulca, Latvian ambassador in Egypt, met Ahmed Issa, the Egyptian minister of Antiquities, in order to discuss possibilities for future collaboration. Šulca also asked the minister for a support in order to curate the exhibition „Tutankhamen's Amber” held in Riga, 2014, it is said in the web site of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Latvia.

The exhibition is going to be one of the central events of " Amber Vein", a thematic line included in " Rīga 2014" programme. A proposal of Cairo University to sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in archaeology was discussed during the meeting. Šulca informed that the most significant Egyptian museum in a national range offered the Latvian National Museum of Art to sign a contract of cooperation.

The main theme of discussions was cooperation options for the exhibition „Tutankhamen's Amber” in Riga as the city of the European Capital of Culture, in 2014.

Latvian National Museum of Art, also the initator of this exhibition, offers a hypothesis that the amber of Baltics was already recognised in Ancient Egypt 3600 years ago. Thus, the amber has been used for the symbol of Ra, represented in treasures of the pharaoh Tutankhamun (1341- 1323 BC).

Šulca informed the minister about the fact that Latvian scientists who work in Egyptian historic culture heritage preservation are poorly known in Latvia and Egypt. 

UNESCO World Heritage Centre evaluated Latvian professionals for their work in ancient Egyptian monuments documentation. Bruno Deslandes organised and managed this work under the flag of Latvia.

Digital photogrammetry is an innovative and modern technology method used for Egyptian monuments research and preservation. For the first time, it was used in 2002 when the first expedition of Latvian scientists was held in Karnak temples.

Ambassador Šulca invited the ministry to support an application for a new Latvian scientific expedition where the research and documentation of Sekhemet temple is planned. It will be the third scientific mission of Latvians in Egypt. Also two Egyptian engineers will join in the expedition.

„If proposals gain a support of Latvian institutions, this collaboration will open new options for Egyptology development in modern Latvia. This will be an important issue for Latvian scientists in order to be recognised in the world scene of Egyptology,” said Šulca.

„Society knows only a little about the great work of modern Latvian scientists put in Egyptian cultural heritage preservation. Researches go on from 2001 with the support of the Latvian National Museum of Art. The work has been guided by the architect and engineer Bruno Desland from 1998,” noted Šulca.



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