35,000 year old axe to return to Egypt after studies

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After the completion of archaeological and scientific studies, the Louvein University in Belgium handed over a 35,000 year-old axe to the Egyptian Embassy in Brussels. The axe will arrive in Egypt within days.

35,000 year old axe to return to Egypt after studies
The Louvain University in Belgium handed over this 35,000 year-old axe to the Egyptian Embassy 
in Brussels after studies [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]

Shaaban Abdel Gawad, the supervisor-general of Antiquities Repatriation Department, said the axe is carved in stone and was discovered by the Louvain mission along with a human skeleton in Nazlet Khater archaeological site in Sohag in Upper Egypt.

The Luvein mission took both the skeleton and the axe to Belgium for studies. The skeleton returned to Egypt in August 2015.

Abdel Gawad said that the skeleton, found in conjunction with the axe, is one of the oldest found in Egypt. It goes back to the Old Archaic Era around 35,000 years ago.

It also shows the development of human species that lived in Egypt throughout different eras.

Abdel Gawad suggested that the skeleton and the axe be put on show at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [February 10, 2017]

2 COMMENTS

  1. "Abdel Gawad said that the axe is one of the oldest skeletons ever found in Egypt."

    An axe is not a skeleton. That error should be corrected to read "The skeleton, found in conjunction with the axe, is one of the oldest found in Egypt."

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