Share FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinWhatsappTelegramEmail 3.9K If You Like This Article Kindly Give Us A Share! A team of archaeologists from a Dutch museum has been banned from carrying out excavations in Egypt’s rich Saqqara necropolis, after the museum mounted an exhibition that drew condemnation from Egyptian authorities. After the opening of “Kemet: Egypt in Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul & Funk,” the National Museum of Antiquities (RMO) in Leiden received an email from the head of foreign missions of the Egyptian Antiquities Service saying that the museum is “falsifying history” with its “Afrocentric” approach, Dutch newspaper NRC reported on Monday. More Articles You Would Love Ivorian Footballer Didier Drogba Launches His Name Brand Underwear For Men Beautiful Ugandan Girl Aamito Stacy Queen Is The First Ever Africa’s Next Top Model Egypt Gvt. Hiding Truth Wim Weijland, the museum’s managing director, confirmed to CNN via email that the Egyptian authorities have denied the institution a permit for the next excavation season at Saqqara. He also confirmed that the journalist who wrote the NRC article had seen the email from the Egyptian authorities. A vast burial ground that sits nearly 20 miles south of the capital Cairo, Saqqara is home to Egypt’s oldest pyramid, the pyramid of Djoser, and has been the site of multiple important discoveries in recent years. The museum has been carrying out annual excavations there for more than 40 years. Its most recent excavation campaign took place earlier this year, between February 19 and March 23. “The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden has been working at Saqqara since 1975,” Weijland told CNN. “For the upcoming season, the museum has been denied the permit to excavate here.” Whitewashing of Egypt Civilization Continues Weijland said the reason for the permit’s denial is the “presumed ‘falsifying history’ in the current exhibition,” adding that the museum is trying to “open the dialogue” with the Egyptian authorities about the matter. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, did not respond to CNN’s request for comment. Weijland went on to say that the aim of the “Kemet” exhibition is “to show and understand the depiction of ancient Egypt and the messages in music by black artists,” as well as to “show what scientific, Egyptological research can tell us about ancient Egypt and Nubia.” Nubia is an ancient region in northeast Africa that extends from the Nile River valley in Egypt, all the way down to Khartoum in modern-day Sudan. The area was once home to the Nubian Kingdom of Kush, or the “Black Pharaohs.” According to its web page, the exhibition, which opened in April and runs until September 3, “embarks on a journey through music history” and looks at “the influence of ancient Egypt and Nubia…in the works of a multitude of musicians of African descent, including icons of jazz such as Miles Davis and Sun Ra and contemporary artists such as Beyoncé and Rihanna.” Arabs Continue To Envy The Concept Of Ancient Black Egypt In recent days, the museum’s social media posts about the exhibition were flooded with comments, mostly by Egyptians who deemed it disrespectful. Some commented with photos showing light-skinned ancient Egyptian drawings, next to ones with darker skin tones, which they say the museum is propagating. In response to the controversy, the museum added a note on its website with further information about the show’s content, background and goals. It also said it would remove offensive or racist comments from its social media platforms. Ancient coffins, burial sites and a funeral temple discovered in Saqqara necropolis will ‘rewrite history’ The museum encouraged visitors to “visit the exhibition and form their own opinions,” saying it “welcomes respectful dialogue on the cultural heritage of Egypt and Nubia.” This isn’t the first time Egypt has objected to the depiction of its ancient ancestors. It recently criticized the Netflix docuseries “Queen Cleopatra,” which portrays the ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt as a woman of color. Arabs Colonize Nubia But Deny Nubians Egypt was prior to being Egypt was composed of various cities/Kingdom. The upper region known as Khemet and lower part being Nubia where the Egyptian civilization began. Despite the colourism disputes about the race of Khemet(ians), there is no confusion that the Nubians were 100% Africans. However, when Egypt was colonized, it wasn’t only Khemet, but also was the area of Nubia, due to the advance cilivization. What proves the anti-blackness of the current Egyptians of today, is despite embodying the field of Nubia into the new colony and/or country of Egypt, the dark Nubian people are not called Egyptians, but Nubians. So it is fine to encompass the area as Egypt, but yet deny acknowledging the people as Egyptians. Read More Like This On Egypt Racism UPCOMING TOP EVENTS! VIEW ALL EVENTSAFRICAS BIGGEST FASHION WEEK IS HERE!Click Here To Submit stories Email: [email protected] or HashTag #FashionGHANA Share FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinWhatsappTelegramEmail FashionGHANA Admin FashionGHANA.com is a Fashion PR Company, Events planning & management team as well as Africa's leading Fashion Media House. 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