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Victor Loret in Egypt (1881-1899) From the Archives of the Milan University to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo May 19 Jun 30, 2008

Victor Loret in Egypt (1881-1899)

From the Archives of the Milan University to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Special exhibition in room 44 of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo: May 19 - June 30, 2008

Scientific committee: Zahi Hawass, Wafaa el-Saddik, Patrizia Piacentini

Curator of the exhibition: Patrizia Piacentini

Assistant curator: Christian Orsenigo

This exhibition is the product of a strict cooperation between the Supreme Council of Antiquities – Cairo Egyptian Museum and the Chair of Egyptology of the University of Milan, sponsored by PIRELLI – Alexandria Tire CO. S.A.E. and organized with the help of the non-profit Association Per-megiat per la protezione e la valorizzazione di Archivi e Biblioteche di Egittologia (Milan).

In room 44 of the Cairo Egyptian Museum will be exhibited around 50 documents belonging to the archaeologist Victor Loret (1859-1946) kept in the Egyptological Archives of the University of Milan, and around 20 important objects kept in the Cairo Egyptian Museum, found by Loret during his excavations in Saqqara and in the Valley of the Kings.For the first time, the excavation journals, photographs, sketches, maps, and notes of Loret will be put in parallel with the objects that he discovered at the end of the XIX century, bringing back the visitors to that time and putting them in front of the exceptional discoveries of the archaeologist, among which the tomb of the Pharaoh Thutmose III and that of the Pharaoh Amenhotep II, known as the "second royal cache".

Victor Clement Georges Philippe Loret (1 September 18593 February 1946) was a French Egyptologist.

Loret studied with Gaston Maspero at the École des Hautes Études In 1897 he became the head of the Egyptian Antiquities Service. In March 1898, he discovered KV35, the tomb of Amenhotep II in the Valley of the Kings. Amenhotep II's mummy was still located in his royal sarcophagus but the tomb also proved to hold a cache of several of the most important New Kingdom Pharaohs such as Thutmose IV, Amenhotep III and Ramesses III. The cache of Royal Mummies had been placed in KV35 to protect them from looting by tomb robbers by the 21st Dynasty High Priest of Amun, Pinedjem.
Loret also discovered tombs KV32, KV33, KV36, KV38, KV40, KV41 and KV42. His claim to have discovered KV34 is disputed by some Egyptologists who believe that honour should instead be awarded to one of his local foremen.

More about who was Victor Loret:

Cercle Lyonnais d'EgyptologieVictor Loret

'Wonderful things' on paper: the Egyptologist Victor Loret in the Valley of the Kings

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