Marble Statue of Buddha
A marble statue of Buddha dating to the Roman era has been found by a Polish-American team at the ancient trading port of Berenike during excavations at the city temple. The statue was probably donated to the temple by wealthy merchants from India.
In Other News
•German researchers have found evidence for a high prevalence of anaemia in ancient Egyptian children, having found signs of the condition in 7 of 21 scanned mummies ranging in age from 1 to 14 years.
•Polish archaeologists excavating in the Letti Basin in northern Sudan have discovered a set of burials dating back 7,000 years, one of which contained bone blades used for bleeding cows.
•The Graeco-Roman Museum in Alexandria is due to reopen in June following renovation works. A number of antiquities will be on display for the first time.
•Aerial photographs of the Giza Plateau have been released by the Ministry to mark World Heritage Day (18 April 2023).
•The Ministry has made a statement confirming that Cleopatra VII had light skin and Hellenistic features, following the release of a Netflix film featuring a dark-skinned Cleopatra with African features.
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