Egypt’s new antiquities chief, Mohammad Abdel-Maksoud, announced this week that the Supreme Council of Antiquities will take steps to fund the restoration of the Step Pyramid at Saqqara. The pyramid, the oldest in Egypt, was built to be the eternal resting place of Djoser (2630–2611 B.C.E.), the second pharaoh of Egypt’s third dynasty (2630–2611 B.C.E.). Egyptian media reported that the inside of the pyramid is falling down and in disrepair, as planned conservation and reconstruction efforts have been delayed because of lack of payments. Abdel-Maksoud said payments for the project will be restarted soon.
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The exhibit Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World at the Israel Museum features a dozen masks that date to the pre-pottery Neolithic B period (8300 – 5500 B.C.E.) and come from the Judean Hills and Wilderness.
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