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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Sáb Feb 05, 2011 4:11 am

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One archaeologist present at the famous cemetery of Saqqara, south of Cairo, said that as many as 200 looters were digging for treasure in the area this past weekend before police resecured the area. The excavator, who requested anonymity, added that the tomb of Maya, the wet nurse of King Tutankhamun, was "completely destroyed." Another Western archaeologist said, "We still don't know the extent of the damage, but things have been bad and out of control."


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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Sáb Feb 05, 2011 4:12 am

[quote="Akenaton"]Foto de Hawas con dos soldados protegiendole


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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Sáb Feb 05, 2011 4:23 am

A Hawass le gusta mucho salir en la foto Razz las cosas como son.

Acaban de anunciar un 'frustrado intento de robo' en el Museo Egipcio de El Cairo... supuestamente dos objetos sustraidos y devueltos a los militares...

Uno es un marcapáginas con la efigie de una reina egipcia de latón pintado de cobre con 'brillantitos' por encima made in china y otro es el cuerpo de una figura del tamaño de un puño de similar manufactura... más parecido éste a resina plastica que se usa para reproducciones que a piedra tallada. También se falsa a todas luces más que nada por las proporciones...

No se qué pretenden con ese tipo de noticias, llamar la atención y poner a la opinión tanto nacional como internacional en alerta, seguro partidarios de Mubarak para qué se vea "qué descontrol hay entre la oposición, eso es lo que habrá sin Mubarak" parece ser el mensaje.

La gente sigue congregada en el Tahrir, estan llegando suministros de alimentos y agua sin mayores incidentes y se ve por televisión un ambiente calmado incluso se aprecian grupos de gente bailando y cantando... es una circunstancia que puede variar evidentemente en cualquier momento, pero que de momento se ve tranquilo en general.

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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Sáb Feb 05, 2011 4:55 am

Me llama la atención las palabras de Hawass hace unos día comentando que los asaltantes al museo habian confundido la tienda de recuerdos del museo con el propio museo y les llamo idiotas. Es sorprendente que un grupo de ladrones se dediquen a desvalijar la tienda....
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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Sáb Feb 05, 2011 5:12 am

Es que lo que se supone que se ha robado hoy, ese 'intento frustrado de asalto' y visto las piezas que se han mostrado, gente mostrando a las camaras 2 baratijas y entregandoselas a un militar (patetico mostrar souvenirs como antiguedades) la incultura de muchas personas alli y la ignorancia de muchos telespectadores hacen pasar desapercibida la noticia y hasta por buena.

Qué le vamos a hacer? qué vende más un hurto sin más en la tienda del museo o un 'frustrado asalto a las antiguedades del Museo'? los medios lo tienen claro...

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MensajeTema: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Sáb Feb 05, 2011 10:05 am

En la tienda del museo hay cosas caras pero claro , todo son baratijas aunque haya chorraditas chapadas en oro. En fin, que no tiene sentido lo de la tienda. Como sabeis las dos tiendecitas estan a la izquierda nada más entrar por la puerta principal ¿entraron los ladrones por la puerta? creo que no.

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MensajeTema: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Sáb Feb 05, 2011 10:06 am

Sobre Saqqara, publicado hoy 5 de febrero


Report from Egypt: Checking Out the Tombs at Saqqara


A soldier guards one of Saqqara's tombs; Jeffrey Bartholet

On January 29, looters swarmed into the archaeological site of Saqqara, an ancient burial ground known for its pyramids and many surrounding tombs. Reports circulated about damage to the tombs and their beautiful reliefs. “All the sites are safe," said Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass. "Nothing stolen, nothing destroyed.” With Hawass's permission, veteran foreign correspondent Jeffrey Bartholet, on assignment for National Geographic magazine, was able to visit Saqqara, some 18 miles south of Cairo. He filed this report.

I spent three-and-a-half hours at Saqqara on Friday, February 4, walking the grounds and visiting tombs with Sabry Farag, general chief inspector for the antiquities ministry in the area. From one ancient tomb to another—many of them more than 4,000 years old—Farag repeated the words “no touching,” meaning they hadn’t been breached by looters. He also showed me a handful of tombs where robbers had succeeded in breaking steel padlocks on the doors. Once the robbers realized the rooms were empty, Farag says, they ignored the gorgeous reliefs on the walls and went elsewhere, presumably hoping to find gold, jewels, and other treasures they could carry away.

“Thank God they didn’t know what they were doing,” says Mohammed Hussein, an Egyptian archaeologist who, like Farag, was present when the looting at Saqqara and nearby Abusir began on the evening of Saturday, January 29.

Scores of people, many of them youngsters from adjacent villages, had swarmed the area. Farag tried to shoo them off; guards fired shots in the air. The treasure-hunters would flee briefly, then quickly return. Most of them were children and teenagers digging fruitlessly in the sand, Farag told me. He called in the army, and two platoons arrived on the morning of the 30th, led by Lt. Col. Mohammed Tayel. Most of the 30-man force held back at first, while Tayel and an 11-man reconnaissance team scoped out the situation.

“Kids, kids, kids,” says Tayel, holding his large hand out about belt high to show the size of some of them. He caught two boys, both of whom looked to be about 12. “They started to cry," he says. He told them never to come digging again—that Saqqara was now a restricted military area--and let them go.

The scene was chaotic and worrisome enough, however, to call in reinforcements. Soldiers took up positions around the Imhotep Museum; the two main storerooms for valuable statuary, mummies, pottery, and fragments of reliefs; and other storage rooms for less significant items. Five armored vehicles patrolled elsewhere until Tayel had enough soldiers to cover the whole site. The number of soldiers at Saqqara eventually reached about 50, Tayel says.

The would-be looters outnumbered the guards. In an email to colleagues, a European archaeologist in the area reported seeing roughly 200 people digging in a cemetery of Abusir at one point. He praised the efforts to protect the site. The archaeologist said Farag and several colleagues worked three days and nights “without interruption and without sleeping, guiding the army, enjoining the army to stop the depredations, touring in the [site] all the night.”


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MensajeTema: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Sáb Feb 05, 2011 10:11 am

Sobre la foto de las calaveras y los huesos que se publicó en varios medios, Salima Ikram ha dicho que


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"The mummies that are shown damaged were Late Period fragmentary mummies that were used to test the CT machine and were stored near the machine. When the people who attacked the museum went in, in the area of the giftshop, etc they also breached the room in which the test mummy fragments were kept, and those are the ones that are shown in the images. They were already in fragments

Esto tiene sentido porque en las fotos podían observarse las calaveras y huesos humanos sueltos y que procedian de otros cuerpos.
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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Sáb Feb 05, 2011 10:34 am

The Sphinx is Sad
I would like to once again highlight a few important facts:



1. The two mummies that were reported as damaged at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo were in fact unidentified skulls dating to the Late Period; these two skulls are NOT royal mummies. These skulls were being temporarily housed in the storage room next to the CT scanner lab, which is in the grounds of the museum. The skulls were there to be used to test the CT scanner, and when they were retrieved from the looters, they were in the same condition that they had been in when they were originally placed in the storage room.

2. A reporter with National Geographic news wrote an article, which claimed I had said that the open-air museum of Memphis had been emptied of its antiquities. This claim is completely untrue. The site of Memphis, like all the other sites in Egypt, is safe and has not been looted. This reporter also claimed that a wooden boat, over 4,000 years old, housed in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, was damaged, this is also untrue. I would like to point out that none of the wooden boats in the museum are over 4,000 years old. Due to this reporter’s inability to check facts, I have contacted the head of National Geographic to look into this situation further.

3. The tomb of Maia in Saqqara is safe. Reports that it, and other tombs such as those belonging to the Two Brothers, Mereruka and Tiye, had been damaged were proven inaccurate when I sent Dr. Sabri Abdel Aziz, the Head of the Pharaonic Sector of the Ministry of Antiquities, to check them. Dr. Sabri confirmed that the tomb of Maia has not suffered any type of damage, nor did any other tomb in Saqqara suffer any damage. I believe this is because the tombs are very dark at night, and the looters, who were likely looking for gold, were frightened and ran away without causing any destruction.
Late last night I was informed that a water pipe near the conservation labs at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) had broken. Early this morning I went to the GEM, which is located in the shadow of the Great Pyramids if Giza. What we have done there is a miracle; the construction of the conservation labs is amazing, and these labs are connected to the large storage magazines by a tunnel, which then connects directly to the GEM. A soft opening of one gallery is planned for 2012 to show the world that Egypt can protect its monuments. I can already say that it will be the best museum in the world.
Today, I went to the GEM and every member of staff was there, even the cleaning service. The broken pipe caused 10 cm of water to accumulate on the floor of three conservation labs and the storage magazines. What is important for me to tell everyone is that the Siemens Company beautifully secured this area. There is a sensor in the wall that detects humidity levels, and if unsafe levels of humidity are detected, an alarm will ring in the security room. This alarm is exactly how the GEM conservation labs were saved last night. The broken water pipe had nothing to do with the recent events here in Egypt; it was just a normal, unfortunate accident.

When I went to the GEM today to supervise, I was pleased to find that everything was fully under control. I then visited the Great Pyramids of Giza, and found that the pyramids are also fully protected, with soldiers and tanks of the Egyptian army from the top of the plateau all the way down to the Mena House Hotel entrance. I was so sad to see the plateau empty of tourists though; all I could see were the tanks securing the site. Not one tourist was there at the pyramids to enjoy the beautiful and sunny day there was there today, and it was very upsetting for me to see it so empty. In the last week, over one million tourists have left Egypt.

I believe that the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, are the two most important heritage sites in Egypt. The Egyptian Museum has 4,500 objects inside it, including the Tutankhamun artifacts and the royal mummies. The new director of the Egyptian Museum, Tarek El Awady, who I recently appointed, has been staying at the museum for the last two days; he has been sleeping there with his colleagues. Giza has not only the pyramids, but also the Great Sphinx. These are the most important things to save here in Cairo, and we have done this - day by day. The protection of these two sites is very important to me, and that is why the Egyptian army surrounds them both. Not a single thing has been thrown at the museum by the thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square, because these people do not want to damage their cultural heritage.

While in Giza today, I remembered how, in February 1998, the Sphinx lost his right shoulder. The most important 10 years of my life have been spent restoring and protecting the Great Sphinx. This restoration work is special to me because I believe that the Sphinx is keeping watch; he has witnessed the bad days and the good days of Egyptian history. He is not only the guardian of Egypt, but of the whole world. I went to see the Sphinx earlier today, and I felt in my heart that he was sad. I looked carefully into his eyes, and imagined that I saw tears. The Sphinx is sad because of what has happened; Egypt will lose billions and billions of dollars, and for Egypt to recuperate this money it will take at least three years. Today in Tahrir Square there are about 3,000 young people, and I hope they will go home today, so that life in Egypt can go back to normal.

I have three major operation rooms, one in my Zamalek office in Cairo, one in Alexandria in Lower Egypt, and one in Upper Egypt; I receive updates every minute. I have received reports today concerning the monuments in Alexandria: six museums and seven antiquities sites. Mohamed Abdel Maksoud, General Director of Lower Egypt, is in charge of the operation room in Alexandria. There, two of the six museums, the Jewelry Museum and the Alexandria National Museum, were open to the public and the other four, including the Greco-Roman Museum, the Marine Museum, and the Mosaic Museum, are under development. All of the museums in Alexandria are safe and secure. We also have seven archaeological sites that were open to the public before 25 January 2011. All are completely secure: Qaitbey Fort, the Necropolis of Anfushi, Chatby Necropolis, Kom El-Shuqafa, Pompey’s Pillar, and the Roman amphitheater (or Kom el-Dikka) are all completely protected by Egyptian security forces and the army.

Last night, the operation room here in Zamalek received a message that people tried to attack the storage magazine of Tell el Fara’in, built in Desouk, Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate. Thank God that the people of the village and the security staff of the Ministry of Antiquities were able to catch two of the thieves, who were brought to the mayor’s house and turned over to the Tourist Police. This event proves to me that the forty-seven storage magazines that I built over the last nine years do protect the Egyptian monuments. Many of my foreign colleagues will remember that the old style storage rooms that protected antiquities were primitive. The site of Saqqara used to have those primitive magazines, and people would attempt to dig underneath them in order to steal objects. The new magazines, built all over Egypt, are completely secure with modern equipment and conservation rooms, and we started a database for all museums and magazines. It is easy to recognize the benefits of building these new storage magazines. They are really some of the most beautiful projects in Egypt, because for the first time we can see the benefits in every village and governorate from Aswan to the Sinai. I am very proud of that these storage magazines, all similar to one another, are proving to be so beneficial in this time of crisis.

I want to repeat that not one single thing has happened to any site in Luxor, Aswan, Dendera, Abydos, Beni Hasan, Tuna el- Gebel, Beni Suef, Fayoum, Amarna, or any sites in any of the governorates of Middle or Lower Egypt.

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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Sáb Feb 05, 2011 2:55 pm

gracias por las noticias, desde luego las cosas no estan muy claras sobre lo que ha pasado y /o sigue pasando con algunas antiguedades

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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Dom Feb 06, 2011 12:58 am

Lo de la tuba de Maia es realmente triste y los daños de Saqqara.
ya nos ofreceran informaciones detalladas pronto.


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MensajeTema: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Dom Feb 06, 2011 2:03 am

Letter from Cairo February 4, 2011 by ARCHAEOLOGY correspondent Mike Elkin "If the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, is safe, Egypt is safe," newly appointed Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass wrote on his web page Thursday. Yet Egypt is anything but safe and the museum is on the front lines of the ongoing street battle between anti-government demonstrators and those loyal to President Hosni Mubarak.

While the safety of those peaceful protesters I met in Tahrir Square over the past week concerns me, so does the protection of Egypt's archaeological sites. As in any popular revolt, rumors fly faster than rocks and bullets. Local and foreign archaeologists have been calling each other daily and flooding the Internet with whatever bits of information they can come by. Yet, first-hand accounts of whether sites have been looted are hard to find. The official statements from Hawass say that only two heritage sites were damaged: the Cairo Museum and Quntara in Sinai.

"In Quntara, thieves broke into the storage facility, but they later returned 288 statues," Hawass told me over the phone on Thursday. "We think that nothing else is missing." Thieves broke into the Cairo Museum on Friday, January 28, damaging several artifacts—including a wooden statue from King Tut's tomb—and beheading two mummies. Hawass has said everything that was damaged can be restored and that the army and other security forces are protecting the museum. Information about damage to other sites around the country, however, is patchy because many archaeological teams are between digging seasons and only the local inspectors are nearby.

"We've all been talking, mainly finding out who is here, who isn't, who is leaving, and who is staying," said Miriam Seco, director of the excavation of the Temple of Thutmose III in Luxor, on Wednesday in her apartment in Cairo. The tympani-like chants of Mubarak supporters from a nearby square echoed throughout the interview. "I've been in contact with the curators at the Cairo Museum, and many are sleeping there at night. The army is outside, but they are staying there to protect the antiquities. In Luxor, there were warnings on January 29th and 30th about armed looters so all the Egyptian archaeologists, who live on the East Bank, crossed the river to take turns standing guard with sticks and anything else to protect the sites. Thank god there were no such attacks."

Seco said that as of Tuesday, the missions pressing on with work include Chicago House in Medinet Habu—the holy ground where the four primeval gods of Egyptian mythology are believed to be buried—and her excavations at Thutmose III's temple in Luxor. A French team is still working at Karnak (a vast complex of temples devoted mainly to the god Amun) and a Polish team continues excavations at Deir el Bahri (the site of a temple and palace complex built by Hatshepsut in the 15th century B.C.)

What concerns the Egyptologists I spoke to, however, is the funerary site of Saqqara, which suffered a 36-hour gap in security before the army moved in around the site. Hawass insists that no looting took place. Some locks on tombs were broken, but the intruders caused no damage inside nor stole anything. "If anything had happened it would have been a disaster," he said.

Several archaeologists with contacts at Saqqara, who requested anonymity, confirmed this assessment. But they added that storage facilities were robbed, something the Supreme Council of Antiquities has denied. Inspectors, sources said, are evaluating the damage to the site with the army because the looters might be armed. The site is now closed to the public


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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Dom Feb 06, 2011 2:15 am

Egipto, tesoro del mundo

“La cultura egipcia es una de las piedras angulares de la humanidad”, dice Juan José Ortiz, antropólogo-arqueólogo y director académico del Programa de Maestría en Arqueología del Neotrópico de la Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (Espol).

Ortiz cita al académico doctorado en Cambridge, Martin Bernal, quien hace cerca de 20 años planteó en su libro Black Athena, la hipótesis de que muchos de los conceptos filosóficos, religiosos y científicos “que llegan a una magnificencia tremenda en la Antigua Grecia”, tienen su origen en el Antiguo Egipto. “Este país fue como una bisagra civilizatoria entre el continente africano y el europeo”, asegura Ortiz.

Pero el patrimonio forjado por esta nación, la más poblada del mundo árabe (83 millones de habitantes), está en peligro. El sábado pasado, saqueadores intentaron robar piezas arqueológicas del Museo Egipcio de El Cairo. En el intento de asalto, dos momias sufrieron daños. En el Museo Qantara (cerca de Ismailia) algunos artículos fueron sustraídos, mientras que los depósitos cerca de las pirámides de Saqqara y Abu Sir también fueron saqueados.

Los actos se dieron en medio de las protestas de los egipcios en contra del régimen del presidente Hosni Mubarak. La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (Unesco) ya ha hecho un llamado para que se proteja el patrimonio cultural en Egipto.

Parsival Castro, historiador y profesor de Patrimonio Cultural de la Espol y de Diseño Urbano de la Facultad de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Guayaquil, expresa que si el pueblo desbarata su patrimonio histórico, su patrimonio cultural, estaría atentando también contra su economía, que se centra en el turismo.

Ortiz asevera que los líderes deben concienciar sobre la importancia del acervo nacional, algo que es un poco abstracto, manifiesta el arqueólogo, si se lo sitúa frente al sentido de supervivencia innato de la gente en medio de una crisis de este tipo.

La trascendente historia del Antiguo Egipto faraónico se remonta a los años c. (en o cerca de) 2647-2124 a.C. con el Imperio Antiguo, durante el cual se construyeron la Esfinge y las imponentes pirámides de Giza.

El recorrido histórico de Egipto continúa con el Imperio Medio (c. 2040-1648 a.C.), periodo que comprende desde la dinastía XI, durante la cual se unificó todo el antiguo Egipto bajo el poder de los faraones (reyes del Antiguo Egipto) hasta la dinastía XVII; y el Imperio Nuevo (c. 1540-1069 a.C.), durante el cual se construyó la tumba del rey Tutankamón (descubierta en 1922 por el arqueólogo británico Howard Carter) y se erigieron los monumentos del faraón Ramsés II y los templos de Abu Simbel, hoy reubicados.

La civilización egipcia, que prosperó en torno al fértil valle del Nilo, legó, entre otras creaciones, el primer calendario solar conocido de la historia y desarrolló el arte de la momificación (método a través del cual se diseca un cadáver para evitar su descomposición).

Los egipcios consideraban la muerte terrenal como una interrupción temporal, pues para ellos, el ser humano tenía la posibilidad de vivir eternamente. Por ese motivo, el individuo debía disponer de una tumba u “hogar eterno” que lo acogiera para que luego su alma fuese sometida al juicio de Osiris. Este dios, según los egipcios, condenaba a los ruines a la muerte definitiva, y a los justos les otorgaba la inmortalidad.

El legado de Egipto también incluye los jeroglíficos (que según sus raíces griegas significa escritura sagrada); o los íconos de la mitología como Amon Ra, Anubis, o Isis, todo lo cual ha desencadenado una serie de investigaciones, al punto que la ciencia estableció un nuevo apéndice: la egiptología, estudio científico de la civilización del Antiguo Egipto.

Uno de los graduados en esta rama fue el alemán Ludwig Borchardt, quien halló el busto de Nefertiti, esposa del faraón Akenatón. Gareth Roberts, editor de la Biblioteca Egiptológica online (proyecto del Instituto Griffith, que forma parte de la Facultad de Estudios Orientales de la Universidad de Oxford -Londres-) hace un recuento de los íconos culturales más importantes del vasto patrimonio egipcio: “Las pirámides de Giza, las tumbas del Valle de los Reyes, los templos de Karnak y Medinet Habu, la máscara de Tutankamón o las ciudades de el-Amarna y Tell el-Dab’a. De hecho, el antiguo Egipto es en sí un ícono cultural”, asegura.

Ortiz afirma que la trascendencia de esta república africana radica en su universalidad: “No hay manera en que la persona más ignorante o la más educada no reconozca una figura cuando hace eco de Egipto”.

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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Dom Feb 06, 2011 2:31 am

Mubarak thugs target Cairo Scholars listserv
Feb 6th, 2011 | By Samer Ali |

If you are an American student or scholar working in Egypt, you likely heard about Cairo Scholars by word of mouth or Google search before your arrival . It’s often dubbed the “Craigslist of Cairo” and upon landing you might have consulted this listserv to find an apartment, roommate, daycare, or Arabic lessons in your adoptive city.

On Wednesday, February 2, pro-Mubarak thugs came out to the streets of Cairo, but also took to the internet to intimidate foreign students and scholars on Cairo Scholars accusing them of being “f’n traitors” and “agents of the Americans” who “want to set the whole country on fire.” One pro-Mubarak loyalist threatened: “u have been reported.”

Since Wednesday, Cairo Scholars members have reported dozens of incidents of foreigners being arrested or detained for questioning by pro-Mubarak police and state security. This harassment is state-sponsored and constitutes a direct assault on cultural diplomacy and academic exchange with the people of Egypt. This pattern of intimidation includes that of journalists, whose prime offense is connecting Egypt to the outside world.

Unlike Craigslist though, Cairo Scholars’ express purpose is to support specifically students and scholars abroad doing the work of cultural exchange and person-to-person diplomacy. For that reasons, the list has a closed membership in order to promote a sense of community and relative trust among students and scholars abroad, who need to depend on each other for daily needs.

These threats come at a time of crisis, when information flow is essential for students and scholars abroad to make informed decisions about where to get food and provisions, how to cope and whether to stay in Egypt or uproot themselves.

For more information about Cairo Scholars and the state of its members, please contact Prof. Samer Ali, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, email: saali@mail.utexas.edu

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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Dom Feb 06, 2011 3:49 am

http://icom.museum/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/working_groups/110204_ICOM_preliminary_report_Egypt.pdf

Este pdf evalua los daños.
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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Dom Feb 06, 2011 8:16 am

gracias a todos por las noticias

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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Lun Feb 07, 2011 1:14 am

Uninformed Statements and Clarifications
Today, I received the “ICOM Preliminary Report on Museums in Egypt.” I believe that this report is mostly based on the statements I made over the past week and are posted here on my website. I very much thank the ICOM organization for seeking a credible source of information regarding the state of Egypt’s archaeological heritage. However, the report includes a statement made by the former director of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Dr. Wafaa el-Saddik, who was already interviewed by the German Newspaper “Die Zeit”. I would like to make it clear here that the information provided by Dr. El-Saddik is untrue and are not based on credible sources. I understand that in the very first hours of this crisis, Dr. El-Saddik immediately left Egypt for Germany. Therefore, she is incapable of knowing the details of the situation. She is also incapable of contacting anyone from the police as she claims. We, the employees of the SCA, now the Ministry of Antiquities, and the Egyptian Army have the correct information. She accused the policemen who were guarding the museum of looting the gift-shop and vandalizing the museum’s galleries. This accusation has no basis and is unjustifiable. I was at the museum while she was sleeping in Germany. I interviewed the nine criminals who looted the gift-shop and broke into the museum’s galleries; they were not from the police. These criminals were arrested by the tourist police at the museum and the Egyptian Army personnel as well as the brave Egyptians who formed a human shield around the museum protecting it from looting. She also has absolutely no basis for her claim that the Memphis open-air museum and magazines were looted; her statements about these sites are untrue.

On another note, I went to the Egyptian museum today with reporters from the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers.

Dr. Zahi at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo with a reporter from the Wall Street Journal reviewed every smashed vitrine. One showcase in the Amarna galleries was smashed; it contained a standing statue of the king carrying an offering tray. While the showcase is badly damaged, the statue sustained very minor damage and is repairable. Another vitrine that was smashed contained one of King Tutankhamun’s walking sticks. The gilded stick is broken into two pieces, and can be restored. The other King Tutankhamun object that was damaged was the wooden statue of the king standing on the back of a panther. Both objects were taken out of their showcase and were dropped on the floor after the thieves realized that they were not made of gold.


I would also like to clarify the situation as to the state of the royal mummies in the museum. When the crisis erupted, I took a very quick walk through the museum and thought that the two skulls thrown on the floor of one of the side rooms might belong to some of the royal mummies examined in our DNA research project on the royal mummies (the Egyptian Mummy Project), namely those found in KV55. However, I examined all of the royal mummies last week and then reexamined them again today; I am happy to report that they all are safe and untouched, including those of Akhenaten’s family members. As for these two skulls, they were kept in a storeroom next to the CT scanner lab, and were used for testing the machine.

Also, the thieves were desperately looking for a mummy in order to find what thought to be a magical substance used by the ancient Egyptians in mummification. Therefore, they smashed a showcase of an empty coffin looking for a mummy and gold objects. These incidents show the ignorance of the vandals.

Today, the restoration team began their work and brought all the broken artifacts to a temporary conservation lab set next to the director’s room. Restoration work has already started. I will go again when these pieces are restored and back in their original places. I would like to assure everybody that the Egyptian Museum, Cairo is safe.

In my recent interview with the BBC, I made it clear that all Egyptians, with no exception, are for democratic, constitutional, and economic reforms. However, in these very critical moments of Egypt’s history, I believe that President Mubarak is capable of insuring a peaceful and democratic transition of power; especially since he has announced that he would not seek re-election. I also would like to remind everybody that Mubarak is a decorated war hero, and should be allowed to leave his office in dignity. I say that as an Egyptian who honors the war heroes of this country, but not as a cabinet member





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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Lun Feb 07, 2011 7:01 am

Comienzan la restauración de antigüedades dañadas en El Cairo
Setenta objetos, entre ellas una estatua del rey Tutankamón, resultaron dañados la semana pasada cuando unos ladrones consiguieron ingresar en el museo
Los trabajos de restauración de piezas antiguas inestimables, entre ellas una estatua del rey Tutankamón, dañadas por saqueadores durante la revuelta anti-Mubarak en Egipto, se iniciaron, dijo el secretario de Estado encargado de las antigüedades Zahi Hawass.
Setenta objetos resultaron dañados la semana pasada cuando unos ladrones consiguieron ingresar en el museo egipcio de El Cairo, junto a la plaza Tahrir, punto de manifestación de los opositores al presidente egipcio, en el centro de la capital egipcia.

"La restauración comenzó, incluyendo la de las estatuas de los reyes Tutankamón y Akenatón", dijo.

Los saqueadores también trataron de abrir un sarcófago de oro, esperando encontrar tesoros, agregó el alto funcionario, precisando que en este caso, fueron dañados algunos esqueletos.

Zari Hawass precisó que la galería donde están los tesoros del rey Tutankamón "no había sido dañada".

Después de la tentativa de robo, impedida por la población, que capturó a los ladrones antes que pudiesen huir, se desplegó un importante dispositivo militar en torno al museo, que contiene unas 15.000 piezas, la mayoría de un valor inestimable.

El tesoro del joven faraón Tutankamón, una de la únicas sepulturas faraónicas que escapó durante siglos a los saqueadores y que fue descubierta intacta en 1922 por el arqueólogo británico Howard Carter, es la perla del museo de El Cairo, conocido en el mundo entero.

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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Lun Feb 07, 2011 1:22 pm

Eran momias de segunda clase
Egipto asegura que los restos atacados en el Museo de El Cairo durante la revuelta son solo dos cabezas embalsamadas de poca importancia arqueológica
JACINTO ANTÓN - Barcelona - 07/02/2011

Los amantes de las momias pueden respirar tranquilos. Las dos atacadas por los saqueadores durante el asalto al Museo Egipcio de El Cairo no eran momias de la realeza -de las que el museo conserva las más extraordinarias, incluida la de Ramsés II- ni de ningún personaje conocido sino dos simples cabezas embalsamadas anónimas de Baja Época. Eran por decirlo así, momias de segunda, porque también en el más allá egipcio había clases.

El ataque a las momias había creado una gran inquietud entre los especialistas y durante días se ha especulado angustiadamente con su identidad. El hecho de que los vándalos hubieran concentrado su acción en zonas cercanas a la famosa Mummy Room, donde duermen las más famosas, y a la sala donde yacen en sus sarcófagos las de Tuya y Yuya, bisabuelos de Tutankamón, hacía temer un momicidio de consideración. Algunos expertos habían creído incluso discernir en las fotos del desaguisado los rasgos (de ultratumba) de Tuya en una de las cabezas. El hecho de que ambas momias aparecieran decapitadas y desvendadas no invitaba precisamente a la tranquilidad.

Sin embargo, las dos momias, según ha explicado por fin Zahi Hawass, que ha tardado una semana en arrojar luz sobre el tema, ya estaban así de ajadas antes del ataque al museo. Se trata de dos embalsamamientos de relativamente poca importancia guardados en un almacén y que estaban siendo usados para probar el nuevo escáner en el laboratorio de conservación. Nadie sabe porqué los asaltantes se los llevaron con ellos. Una de las momias fue recuperada de las manos de uno de los ladrones cuando trataba de sacarla del museo. En cambio, rompieron y dejaron tiradas por el suelo estatuillas de Tutanka-món infinitamente más valiosas.

Hawass asegura que el daño en las dos cabezas momificadas ha sido inexistente. En una valoración de los ataques al patrimonio de estos días agitados, el ministro de Antigüedades volvió a insistir en la suerte que ha tenido el museo de que los asaltantes fueran gente poco preparada. Buena parte de ellos se marchó tan ufana con el material de la tienda de recuerdos pensando que eran objetos auténticos. Hawass ha destacado que la tienda fue arrasada pero no tocaron ni un libro (dada la gran cantidad de títulos del propio Hawass que se vendían en el lugar, el hombre parece habérselo tomado como una afrenta personal).

En total accedieron a las verdaderas salas del museo seis saqueadores. Lo hicieron por los ventanales en el techo, con cuerdas. Uno de los ladrones se cayó y fue a dar contra una vitrina. Todos fueron arrestados más otros diez que también trataron de entrar de manera más convencional. Solo 13 vitrinas fueron reventadas. Nada ha sido robado.

Hawass ha quitado hierro a muchos de los informes alarmados sobre saqueos en diferentes yacimientos arqueológicos y sus almacenes. Los monumentos y excavaciones de Luxor, Asuán, Dendera, Tuna el-Gebel, Fayum y Amarna, mencionó, están a salvo. En Tell el Fara, como en otros puntos, la intervención de la gente del lugar y las autoridades evitó los saqueos. Asegura que, en contra de lo reportado inicialmente, no ha habido robos en el museo al aire libre de Menfis ni en Saqqara. Las tumbas de Maia -de la corte de Tutankamón- y Los Dos Hermanos "no han sufrido daño de ningún tipo", pese a las primeras informaciones. El ministro afirma que la oscuridad las protegió y los asaltantes que buscaban oro como en los buenos tiempos de los Al Rashid, "huyeron muertos de miedo". Probablemente es pronto para saber con certeza si hay que lamentar robos y destrucciones importantes en un país con tanto patrimonio, buena parte de él en lugares muy apartados.

Hawass informó también de que la rotura de una cañería que ha inundado los laboratorios de conservación en el Gran Museo Egipcio, en construcción junto a las pirámides en Giza, ha sido fortuita, no ha tenido nada que ver con los acontecimientos de estos días en Egipto y no ha causado mayores daños. Las pirámides de Giza y la Esfinge están bien protegidas por el ejército, incluso con tanques, "pero es una pena verlas sin turistas, la Esfinge está muy triste".

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/internacional/Eran/momias/segunda/clase/elpepuint/20110207elpepuint_15/Tes
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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Lun Feb 07, 2011 11:39 pm

Raul escribió:
Eran momias de segunda clase
Egipto asegura que los restos atacados en el Museo de El Cairo durante la revuelta son solo dos cabezas embalsamadas de poca importancia arqueológica
JACINTO ANTÓN - Barcelona - 07/02/2011

Los amantes de las momias pueden respirar tranquilos. Las dos atacadas por los saqueadores durante el asalto al Museo Egipcio de El Cairo no eran momias de la realeza -de las que el museo conserva las más extraordinarias, incluida la de Ramsés II- ni de ningún personaje conocido sino dos simples cabezas embalsamadas anónimas de Baja Época. Eran por decirlo así, momias de segunda, porque también en el más allá egipcio había clases.

El ataque a las momias había creado una gran inquietud entre los especialistas y durante días se ha especulado angustiadamente con su identidad. El hecho de que los vándalos hubieran concentrado su acción en zonas cercanas a la famosa Mummy Room, donde duermen las más famosas, y a la sala donde yacen en sus sarcófagos las de Tuya y Yuya, bisabuelos de Tutankamón, hacía temer un momicidio de consideración. Algunos expertos habían creído incluso discernir en las fotos del desaguisado los rasgos (de ultratumba) de Tuya en una de las cabezas. El hecho de que ambas momias aparecieran decapitadas y desvendadas no invitaba precisamente a la tranquilidad.

Sin embargo, las dos momias, según ha explicado por fin Zahi Hawass, que ha tardado una semana en arrojar luz sobre el tema, ya estaban así de ajadas antes del ataque al museo. Se trata de dos embalsamamientos de relativamente poca importancia guardados en un almacén y que estaban siendo usados para probar el nuevo escáner en el laboratorio de conservación. Nadie sabe porqué los asaltantes se los llevaron con ellos. Una de las momias fue recuperada de las manos de uno de los ladrones cuando trataba de sacarla del museo. En cambio, rompieron y dejaron tiradas por el suelo estatuillas de Tutanka-món infinitamente más valiosas.

Hawass asegura que el daño en las dos cabezas momificadas ha sido inexistente. En una valoración de los ataques al patrimonio de estos días agitados, el ministro de Antigüedades volvió a insistir en la suerte que ha tenido el museo de que los asaltantes fueran gente poco preparada. Buena parte de ellos se marchó tan ufana con el material de la tienda de recuerdos pensando que eran objetos auténticos. Hawass ha destacado que la tienda fue arrasada pero no tocaron ni un libro (dada la gran cantidad de títulos del propio Hawass que se vendían en el lugar, el hombre parece habérselo tomado como una afrenta personal).

En total accedieron a las verdaderas salas del museo seis saqueadores. Lo hicieron por los ventanales en el techo, con cuerdas. Uno de los ladrones se cayó y fue a dar contra una vitrina. Todos fueron arrestados más otros diez que también trataron de entrar de manera más convencional. Solo 13 vitrinas fueron reventadas. Nada ha sido robado.

Hawass ha quitado hierro a muchos de los informes alarmados sobre saqueos en diferentes yacimientos arqueológicos y sus almacenes. Los monumentos y excavaciones de Luxor, Asuán, Dendera, Tuna el-Gebel, Fayum y Amarna, mencionó, están a salvo. En Tell el Fara, como en otros puntos, la intervención de la gente del lugar y las autoridades evitó los saqueos. Asegura que, en contra de lo reportado inicialmente, no ha habido robos en el museo al aire libre de Menfis ni en Saqqara. Las tumbas de Maia -de la corte de Tutankamón- y Los Dos Hermanos "no han sufrido daño de ningún tipo", pese a las primeras informaciones. El ministro afirma que la oscuridad las protegió y los asaltantes que buscaban oro como en los buenos tiempos de los Al Rashid, "huyeron muertos de miedo". Probablemente es pronto para saber con certeza si hay que lamentar robos y destrucciones importantes en un país con tanto patrimonio, buena parte de él en lugares muy apartados.

Hawass informó también de que la rotura de una cañería que ha inundado los laboratorios de conservación en el Gran Museo Egipcio, en construcción junto a las pirámides en Giza, ha sido fortuita, no ha tenido nada que ver con los acontecimientos de estos días en Egipto y no ha causado mayores daños. Las pirámides de Giza y la Esfinge están bien protegidas por el ejército, incluso con tanques, "pero es una pena verlas sin turistas, la Esfinge está muy triste".

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/internacional/Eran/momias/segunda/clase/elpepuint/20110207elpepuint_15/Tes

Me gusta muchísimo el estilo de Jacinto Anton Smile

Los asaltantes se llavan lo promero que pillan, las dos cabeza y las baratijas de la tienda del muso y Hawass se ofende porque no se llevaron libros Smile escritos por él.


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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Mar Feb 08, 2011 12:32 am

The restoration of the damaged objects at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Today I would like to discuss, in detail, some of the objects that were broken at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. In front of the Amarna galleries, on the first floor of the museum, there is a vitrine that holds a small statue of Akhenaten wearing the blue crown and holding an offering table. This vitrine was smashed, and the statue sustained minor damage; this is the first object that will be cleaned and restored.

Upstairs, in front of the room that holds the golden mask of Tutankhamun, a vitrine containing two walking sticks and the head of a gilded fan belonging to the king. One stick was stripped of its thin gold sheeting when it was thrown on the floor, but it can be restored. This case, and the one containing the statue of Tutankamun standing on a panther, were the only Tutankhamun cases that suffered from any damage. I carefully rechecked all the other vitrines in the Tutankhamun galleries, and I would like to assure the world that they are safe and untouched.

Dr. Zahi standing in front of the Anubis Shrine in the Tutankhamun galleries in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. (PHOTO: Sandro Vannini)
The New Kingdom coffin that was damaged by the criminals can easily be restored. These people were searching for mummies in the hopes that they would find gold and red mercury, believed by some people to have magical properties. I think that this shows the ignorance of the thieves.

I have received many queries on the members of Akhenaten’s family. While at the museum yesterday, I made sure to visit the mummies of Akhenaten (the mummy from KV55), Queen Tiye (also known as the Elder Lady from KV35), and the mother of Tutankhamun (also known as the Younger Lady from KV35). These three mummies are housed in vitrines next to the second royal mummy room on the west side of the museum, and were not touched or damaged by the looters. They are completely safe.

The museum staff and I have begun to replace the broken vitrines, and to clean the museum and the new bookshop; we are working hard to prepare the museum for its reopening.

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MensajeTema: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Mar Feb 08, 2011 7:24 am

Entrevista a Tarek el Awady, director del Museo Egipcio de El cairo


The Egyptian Museum After the Break-In: An Upbeat Assessment



Pictured in 1963, a 14th-century B.C. statuette of King Tut balanced on a panther was damaged in the attack on the Egyptian Museum. Photograph by Roger Wood, Corbis.



On Sunday, Jeffrey Bartholet had an exclusive interview with the director of the Egyptian Museum, who gave an optimistic report on the condition of its collection.

Tarek El Awady, director of the Egyptian Museum, is unable to suppress a happy grin. "We're very grateful," he said. A new survey of the museum's artifacts has shown that looters who broke into the museum on January 28 did less damage than curators had previously feared.

Standing in the courtyard of the massive peach-colored museum that overlooks Cairo’s Tahrir Square--site of a vast anti-government protest camp--Awady told me that curators spent most of Sunday conducting a detailed survey of the damage. They still have more assessment ahead but now believe that just 20 to 25 items will require repairs and restoration, down from an earlier estimate of about 70. “It’s mostly what we call minor damage,” said Awady.
Although a preliminary survey of broken and scattered items had been conducted earlier, a more thorough study had been delayed because officials worried about the safety of curators trying to get to work. Violent clashes between pro- and anti-regime groups have often taken place near the landmark building in central Cairo.

The museum courtyard is now a makeshift military camp, bustling with soldiers who seem mostly unfazed by the loud chants and whistles of thousands of anti-government demonstrators gathered nearby. Army troop carriers line one side of the museum, and freshly washed military fatigues are laid out to dry on some of the shrubs.

The charred hulk of the ruling National Democratic Party headquarters, torched by protesters, overlooks the Nile side of museum. “Buildings can always be rebuilt,” said Awady. “But this is the treasure of Egypt: if we lose this, we lose everything. How can you rebuild your heritage?”

Two small statues of King Tutankhamun are the most important items that were damaged, Awady said. One portrays Tut standing on the back of a black leopard; in the other, he is standing on a small boat.

Awady confirmed that four men were arrested as they tried to escape the museum compound with stolen relics on the night the break-in took place. One was using a piece of clothing--perhaps a shirt--to carry several bronze and wooden statues. Another had dropped his plunder while trying to get over a wall.

Awady said it was still unclear if any looters escaped that night, and it will take more time to fully account for items in the museum to determine if anything is missing.

Yasmin El Shazly, head of documentation for the museum, will work on that project. On February 6, she and several other officials visited the museum for the first time since the damage was done. She was happily surprised. “They were very ignorant,” she said of the looters, who apparently didn’t know where the most valuable objects were kept. Looking for gold in the pitch dark, they kept burning little pieces of tissue paper to find their way around, Shazly said.

In the few days after the break-in, many other would-be looters were caught trying to clamber over the walls of the museum compound. None were able to enter the building.

“The museum is completely safe now,” Awady said.

Just to be sure, he’s been sleeping in the museum’s administrative offices, near security monitors, so he can keep an eye on things.

-Jeffrey Bartholet

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MensajeTema: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Mar Feb 08, 2011 7:26 am

Official: Restoration work begins on damaged Egyptian artifactsBy the CNN Wire Staff
February 7, 2011

(CNN) -- Work to restore Egyptian artifacts damaged during anti-government protests began on Sunday, according to the nation's newly appointed minister of antiquities.

The work, on artifacts from King Tutankhamun's tomb, includes restoring a statue -- broken by looters in the Egyptian Museum -- of King Tut on a panther, Zahi Hawass told CNN Sunday.

A restoration team composed of 11 members began work on Sunday, Hawass said. He estimated that the work will take about three days to complete. "It will all go back to normal in three days," he said.

The museum will remain closed until Egyptian authorities lift overnight curfews, he said. However, he said he toured the museum with journalists from the Wall Street Journal and National Geographic. "I showed them everything," he said.

Despite Hawass' assurances, Egyptologists and archaeologists have expressed concern that some of the nation's priceless treasures may fall victim to looters or vandals amid unrest and uprisings fueled by what protesters see as a lack of economic opportunity, widespread poverty and pervasive corruption.

Several Egyptologists told CNN in late January they were trying to stay on top of the situation as best they could and sift fact from rumor.

"With 80 million people in a country that suffers from poverty and rising food prices ... you have to expect that some people are going to be desperate and look for any means necessary to try to improve their lot," Kara Cooney told CNN last month. She is an assistant professor of Egyptian art and architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, and host of the Discovery Channel's "Out of Egypt."



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But she said concerns are compounded by a lack of reliable information and the prevalence of rumors. "Some things have turned out not to be true," she said.

She and other Egyptologists said they were staying online as much as possible and keeping in touch with other Egyptologists to try to share information.

"This has been my life's work," said Jan Summers Duffy, an Egyptologist at the College of Idaho and curator at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History. "... We don't know what the future will hold. I hope at least some things can be preserved."

Hawass previously was secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. On January 30, according to his website, President Hosni Mubarak appointed him to his new post. The newly created Ministry of Antiquities will absorb the Supreme Council of Antiquities, according to the website.

On January 28, as the protests were under way, a group of people broke into the museum in Cairo, Hawass has said. They smashed 13 glass showcases and threw the antiquities inside on the floor in the Late Period Gallery, then went to the King Tutankhamun section, where they opened a showcase and threw the panther statue to the ground. They also stole jewelry from the museum's gift shop, Hawass said.

When the suspects were apprehended, he told CNN at the time, authorities found the remains of two mummies with them, along with some small artifacts.

But, Hawass wrote in a blog post on Saturday, "The two mummies that were reported as damaged at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo were in fact unidentified skulls dating to the Late Period; these two skulls are not royal mummies." The skulls were temporarily housed in a storage room, he said, to be used in testing a CT scanner. When they were retrieved from the looters, they were undamaged, he said.

In addition, Hawass in the blog post denied claims that the open-air museum in Memphis had been looted and that tombs in Saqqara had been damaged.

"The people who are in Europe and America are concerned about Egypt, but what is (important) to remember is that rumors can be very damaging," Hawass wrote in a blog post Friday.

He wrote Saturday of visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza, saying he was pleased to find the site protected by soldiers and tanks from the Egyptian army, but "I was so sad to see the plateau empty of tourists though."

"Today in Tahrir Square there are about 3,000 young people, and I hope they will go home today, so that life in Egypt can go back to normal," he wrote.

Hawass has maintained that the Egyptian people can be counted on to help protect the nation's historical treasures because of their national pride.

CNN's Christine Theodorou and Ashley Hayes contributed to this report.

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MensajeTema: Re: Daños y destrozos en antigüedades   Miér Feb 09, 2011 1:15 am

Another Day and the Sphinx is still sad
After a complete review of the seventy broken objects that are being restored in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, there are twenty or twenty-five objects that are being restored right now.

Today I went to the Sanctuary of the Sphinx at Giza with reporters from ABC News, from Washington, D.C., in America; a television news crew from Italy; and a journalist from Croatia. Upon entering, I remembered two events: when I was appointed as First Inspector to Giza in 1974 after working at Abu Simbel, and when I returned to Giza from receiving my PhD at University of Pennsylvania in 1987 to find the Sphinx being badly restored with cement! I put an immediate stop to these restorations; the team had removed all the ancient stones and did not seem concerned with keeping the original proportions. Fixing this botched restoration project was very important to the Egyptian people, and it took ten years to return the Great Sphinx to life.



I remember the first time I descended the steps to the Sphinx as First Inspector of Giza in 1974, the first time I descended the steps as Chief Inspector of Giza in 1980, the first time I descended the steps as Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in 2002, and today I descended the steps to the Sphinx as the new Minister of Antiquities. Throughout these periods of my life, the Sphinx has been witness to all I have done and all that the Egyptian people have done. Today, I was very pleased to see the current conservation work underway on the chest of the Sphinx; this is one of the only parts of the Sphinx not encased in stones. Every year the wind blows away the conservation material, and every year a team adds a new protective layer back on. I am so happy that we have a proper conservation plan in place now.

When I saw the pyramids today with reporters from all over the world, I decided that I would begin to make the necessary arrangements to reopen Giza to tourists.

Finally, I would once again like to say that the rumors claiming that the tombs of Maya, Nefer, and the Two Brothers in Saqqara were recently damaged are not true. The Imhotep Museum and the storage magazines of Saqqara are also safe.



Daily Life scene from the tomb of Nefer in Saqqara. (PHOTO: Mohamed Megahed)
When I saw the pyramids today with reporters from all over the world, I decided that I would begin to make the necessary arrangements to reopen Giza to tourists.

Finally, I would once again like to say that the rumors claiming that the tombs of Maya, Nefer, and the Two Brothers in Saqqara were recently damaged are not true. The Imhotep Museum and the storage magazines of Saqqara are also safe.


Tomb of Two Brothers in Saqqara. (PHOTO: Mohamed Megahed)




Tomb of Two Brothers in Saqqara. (PHOTO: Mohamed Megahed)
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