Three Abd el-Rassoul letters

Sheikh Ali. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Vivian.

Sheikh Ali. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Vivian.

 


As many of you might know, Ali Abd el-Rassoul worked in the tomb of Sethi I for some time. As late as the 1980s there has been correspondence between the Ministry of Antiquities and the Abd el-Rassoul family of which we publish three letters now, for the first time.


First letter to Ali Abd el-Rassoul, dated 4 January 1962

 

First letter to Ali Abd el-Rassoul, dated 4 January 1962

First letter to Ali Abd el-Rassoul, dated 4 January 1962


Ministry of Culture and National Guidance
Administration of Antiquities
Office of the Director General
(File number 5-3/1)
(Attachments: check)

Cairo: 4/1/1962

Mr. Ali Abdel Rasoul Mohamed
Qurna, Luxor

Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you.
We extend our thanks to you for your interest in the tomb of Seti in Luxor and we aspire to complete the work that has already started in this tomb, as soon as there is a chance to do so.

The Administration of Antiquities will do this in due time when both the archaeologist and the engineer will be available, who can secure the safety of the antiquities and the workers (…..Next part is not readable….) …make sure that the work will operate in an atmosphere of calm tranquility which is necessary for any scientific work.
We are returning to you the cheque number 265(..)88 which you submitted to the Minister of Culture and National Guidance because the Administration of Antiquities will take over the payment of the expenses on this work. Please take note that this will not affect your moral and physical rights in case the excavations will reveal something of value, if God will.
Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you,
Director General
(signature)


Second letter to Ali Abd el-Rassoul, dated 19 June 1965.

Second letter to Ali Abd el-Rassoul, dated 19 June 1965.

Second letter to Ali Abd el-Rassoul, dated 19 June 1965.

Ministry of Culture and National Guidance
Office of the Deputy
Mr. Ali Abdel Rasool
Qurna – Luxor

Greetings,
With reference to the request you submitted on 01/05/1965, asking to obtain the approval to resume digging in the crypt of the tomb of “Seti-I” in the Valley of the Kings, in partnership with the Administration of Antiquities, kindly take note that the Administration of Antiquities has notified that work in this crypt has been temporarily put on halt, because the nature of this discovery has required widening the crypt, supporting it, and reinforcing its sides, in fear for the lives of the workers.

However, the circumstances have prevented the fulfilment of this as the technicians and archaeologists are busy working on the project of saving the monuments of Nubia. The Administration hopes to be able to resume this uncovering in the very near future.

However, this does not preclude your right of guidance with regard to any discovery unveiled through the digging work and its scientific results.

Accept our deepest respect,
19/06/1965
(signature)
Ministry Representative
(signature)
Abdel Monem El Sawy


Third letter to Ali Abd el-Rassoul, dated 4 december 1982.

 

Third letter to Ali Abd el-Rassoul, dated 4 december 1982.

Third letter to Ali Abd el-Rassoul, dated 4 december 1982.

In the Name of God the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate

logo

 

 

 

Minister without Portfolio for Culture

 

Mr. Ali Abdel Rassoul Mohamed
Village of Qurna
City of Luxor

Kind Greetings,

With reference to your letter concerning the ongoing preparations to undergo the uncovering of a tomb in the area of the Valley of the Kings in Qurna, the tomb of Seti I at the Valley of the Kings.

The Antiquities Authority has notified that the work in that area has been put on halt because of the extreme hazardous conditions surrounding the resumption of this work.

Please kindly take note..

Accept my deepest respect,

Office Manager (signature)

Ministry of Culture
Office of the Minister
Incoming code number 4563
On 4/12/1982


Ali Abd el-Rassoul, the Inspector and workmen inside the tomb of Sethi I

Ali Abd el-Rassoul, the Inspector and workmen inside the tomb of Sethi I


Translation: Abla el-Bahrawy

copyright 2009 - 2017 t3.wy Projects. All Rights Reserved