The National Museum in Warsaw is about to launch the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the Faras Cathedral by Prof. Kazimierz Michałowski the founder of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of the University of Warsaw. PCMA UW is honored to be one of the partners of the event.
The discovery in Faras was made during an international salvage project in Lower Nubia aimed at saving the archaeological heritage threatened by flooding by the construction of the Great Dam in Assuan. Thanks to the efforts of Polish archaeologists and conservators, the paintings from the Faras cathedral found their way to the national museums in Khartoum and Warsaw. The latter is now home to the Faras Gallery – a unique collection of Nubian art. The research at Faras also laid the foundations for a new branch of archaeology: Nubiology. To this day, Polish scholars are among the leading representatives of this discipline. Many of them will take part in the various popularizing and scientific events that will be part of the anniversary celebrations.
The inauguration of the anniversary celebrations, which will last until Autumn 2022, will take place on 2nd February, at 1 pm. You can watch it on the Museum’s social media (on the MNW profile on Facebook and on the MNW channel on YouTube).