Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Protesters threaten job of antiquity leader

The political upheaval in Egypt has thrown Egyptian archaeology into a state of uncertainty — expeditions have been disrupted and Zahi Hawass, the head of the country's antiquity council, is now coming under fire from protesters.

On Monday, about 150 archaeology students and workers protested outside Hawass' office, demanding he resign, according to news reports.

Some of the protests have centered around Hawass' handling of a Jan. 28 break-in at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Hawass originally said that no artifacts had been stolen during the break-in; later, he announced that 18 items, including some belonging to King Tutankhamen, were missing.

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Unemployed Archaeologists Mob Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities. Read more: National Geographic

Egyptian Museum recovers artifacts looted during uprising. Cairo's Egyptian Museum has recovered two valuable artifacts stolen during recent protests, Minister of State for Antiquities Zahi Hawass said on February 14, according to RIA Novosti. Read more: The Financial

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