Polish Egyptology among world’s top: interview

The sands of Egypt still guard ancient mysteries and artefacts that many desire to unfold, including Polish Egyptologists whose work and mission were discussed by Dr. Filip Taterka of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in an interview with PolandIN.

“Polish Egyptology is one of the most important Egyptological communities in the world,” said Mr Taterka, adding that “we have various specialists who are fairly recognised.”

“We work in the temple of Hatshepsut in Deir el-Bahari where we conduct work on the reconstruction of the temple… A couple of years ago we opened several new rooms in the temple and made them accessible to tourists.”

Since the 1960s, the temple has been excavated “by the Polish archaeological and conservation mission,” said Mr Taterka, adding that works are afoot to make the entire temple fully accessible.

PolandIN’s guest said that Polish archaeologists’ work in Egypt is not limited to the activities at the Hatshepsut temple, as Poles have discovered “previously unknown tombs from the Old Kingdom [era] three millennia BC in Sakkara” in addition to “a predynastic site in Tell el-Farkha that was occupied before the unification of Egypt at the end of the fourth millennium BC.”

The work of Polish archaeologists and Egyptologists has had a great influence on theories related to the reunification of ancient Egypt in around 3000 BC, “and the discussion is still going on among the specialists on this particular period.”

What is the Polish Egyptologists’ Holy Grail and are there any grave-robbers like there used to be in the ancient times? Find out by watching the full interview here.