Italy, Egypt and Turkey square off in archaeology

Five sites finalists for Med Tourism Bourse

04 July, 16:13

    NAPOLI - The ruins of the ancient city founded in Luxor by the pharaoh Amenhotep III discovered in the Egyptian desert, the slaves' room discovered in Pompeii and the site of Karahantepe, a sanctuary built into rock in Turkey's Anatolia region over 11,000 years ago are all in the running for an award which will be given in this year's Mediterranean Bourse of Archaeological Tourism (BMTA).

    The three new finds are finalists in a competition alongside Pakistan with its discovery of an ancient Buddhist temple in the Swat Valley and the UK with its discovery of an extraordinary mosaic with scenes from the Iliad.

    The award will be given this year on October 28 at the BMTA of Paestum, where the International Archaeological Discovery Award "Khaled al-Asaad" ceremony will be held in collaboration with the international media partners of the bourse: Antike Welt (Germany), Archäologie in Deutschland (Germany), Archéologia (France), Archäologie der Schweiz (Switzerland), Current Archaeology (UK), Dossiers d'Archéologie (France).

    Bourse director Ugo Picarelli and Archeo director Andreas Steiner worked together and said that they were aware that "the civilisations and cultures of the past and their relations with the surrounding environment take on today an ever greater importance linked to the rediscovery of identities, in a global society that is losing ever more of its values." The award aims to foster an exchange of experiences, represented by international discoveries, including as good practices for intercultural dialogue and cooperation between populations.

    The International Archaeological Discovery Award "Khaled al-Asaad" - in its 8th edition and named after a Palmyra archaeologist who paid with his life for defending cultural heritage.

    In 2021 the award was given to the discovery of "hundreds of sacrophages in the Saqqara necropolis of Egypt".

    This year a Special Award will be given - to one of the five candidates - as well, to whichever received the most support from the public in the period between July 4 and September 30 on the Facebook page of the BMTA (

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