• Short Summary

    AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE MASSIVE PROJECT TO SAVE THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN TEMPLES OF ABU SIMBEL FROM FLOODING TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) IN THE SANDY WASTELANDS OF THE NUBIAN DESERT, 700 MILES (1126 KMS) FROM CAIRO.

  • Description

    AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE MASSIVE PROJECT TO SAVE THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN TEMPLES OF ABU SIMBEL FROM FLOODING TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) IN THE SANDY WASTELANDS OF THE NUBIAN DESERT, 700 MILES (1126 KMS) FROM CAIRO. DIPLOMATS AND ENGINEERS OF MANY COUNTRIES WATCHED DR AZIZ YASSIN, THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC MINISTER FOR TOURISM AND ANTIQUITIES, LAY A FOUNDATION STONE ON A BLUFF HIGH ABOVE THE RISING NILE WATERS BEHIND THE ASWAN HIGH DAM.

    AT A COST OF 11.5 MILLION POUNDS, THE 3,200-YEAR-OLD TEMPLES WILL BE REBUILT ON THE BLUFF ABOVE THE DAM -- THANKS TO CONTRIBUTIONS FROM 50 EAST AND WEST NATIONS AND THE SKILL OF WEST GERMAN, SWEDISH, FRENCH AND ITALIAN ENGINEERS.

    TOURISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE EXPECTED TO VISIT THE NEW SITE WHICH IS ON A HILL 200 FEET (60 METRES) ABOVE THE ORIGINAL POSITION. THE FIRST STAGE OF THE REMOVAL PROJECT WAS TO EXCAVATE THE ROCK-BOUND HILLS TO FREE THE TEMPLES. THIS STAGE IS NOW ALMOST COMPLETED AND THE WHOLE PROJECT IS DUE FOR COMPLETION IN 1969.

    EACH MONUMENT AND TEMPLE WALL MUST BE CUT INTO BLOCKS, WEIGHING BETWEEN 20 AND 30 TONS EACH, FOR TRANSPORTING TO THE NEW SITE. TWO OF THE MONUMENTS ARE 1,000-TON STATUES OF RAMESES 11 AND HIS WIFE NEFERTARI.

    ACTUAL DISMANTLING AND REMOVAL OPERATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER TO ENSURE THAT THE MONUMENTS ARE NOT SUBMERGED. THIS IS A YEAR EARLIER THAN THE ORIGINAL PROGRAMME BECAUSE OF THE RAPIDITY WITH WHICH THE 300 MILE-LONG (483 KMS) LAKE IS ALREADY FILLING UP BEHIND THE DAM.

    ENGINEERS HAVE ALREADY REMOVED 19 OTHER TEMPLES AND RE-ERECTED THEM ON HIGHER GROUND TO SAVE THEM FROM INUNDATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4UZQNC52CUD5584WGCSI1AHGG
    Media URN:
    VLVA4UZQNC52CUD5584WGCSI1AHGG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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