The Hungarian researchers who have been working on excavations in Egypt for several generations have gained recognition for Hungarian archeology as a whole, President János Áder told journalists on Saturday, visiting the location of the excavation of the Theban Necropolis.
Hungarian archeologists have been conducting excavations in Egypt since 1907 and have been continuously present at the site of the ancient city of Thebes, one of the world’s largest archeological areas, located near Luxor, since 1983, he said. Áder is the first Hungarian president visiting the location of Hungarian archeological excavations in Egypt.
Archeologist Tamás Bács (on the left) guiding President Áder. Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI
Hungarian archeology is present in the necropolis with three missions, said Tamás Bács, head of excavation, from the Department of Egyptology of Eötvös Loránd University. For the past thirty years, they have been working on excavating a painted tomb from the New Kingdom of Egypt, revealing the treasures of the least known era, he said.
He noted that their results had been presented at an exhibition by the Egyptian Museum in 2009.
Tamás Bács (on the left) guiding President Áder. Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI
During his four-day official trip to Egypt, Áder also visited a Coptic Christian church in Cairo on Friday. On Sunday, he is scheduled to visit a Coptic Christian monastery in Luxor, where he will meet the bishop of the monastery of St. Pachomius.
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