The Nubian Museum lies southeast of the Cataract Hotel on a rocky slope overlooking part of the ancient quarries. The need to build a special museum to house the antiquities of Nubia was realized years before the completion of the High Dam in 1971. Excavations by scholars around the world had yielded such an abundance of diverse objects that no existing museum could allocate the space needed to house them. The government consequently set the project in motion to build a new museum, and called upon UNESCO to contribute funds and expertise.
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