In a funeral service at Cairo's Saint Joseph Catholic Church on Friday (12 March), leading British Egyptologist Professor Walter Emery was buried.
In a funeral service at Cairo's Saint Joseph Catholic Church on Friday (12 March), leading British Egyptologist Professor Walter Emery was buried. Professor Emery died on Thursday (11 March) following a stroke he suffered at his desert headquarters where he was excavating to locate the tomb of ancient Egypt's god of medicine, Imhotep.
SYNOPSIS: Cairo's Saint Joseph Catholic Church....the scene of a funeral ceremony attended by a number of high Egyptian officials. Friday's service was in honour of British Egyptologist Professor Walter Emery who died following a stroke at his desert excavation site.
The British Ambassador was among the mourners. So too was Egypt's Vice President and Minister of Culture. The scientist, El Malakh, was also there.
Professor Emery was being buried in Egypt in accordance with his will. His wife and assistants were among those there.
The 67-year-old Professor had devoted his life to Egyptology. He'd worked there for 40 years. His first mission was in 1929 on a survey of Nubia.
Sympathy was also expressed with wreaths -- among them one from Prime Minister Fawzi.
Professor Emery was digging on his final quest -- the search for the lost tomb of the ancient god Imhotep -- the God of Medicine -- when he died. He'd ben searching for it for more than 30 years.
Experts in the field said its discovery would be as dramatic as was the finding of the tomb of Tutankhamen. It was reported that Professor Emery suffered his stroke in the search shortly after finding a stature of Osiris -- the ancient god of death.