Thursday, 3 February 2011

Will Egypt's ancient treasures survive?

Egypt has been called the "greatest open-air museum in the world." Could its antiquities be at risk of damage while the political upheaval continues?

Looters taking advantage of Egypt's political chaos have already ruined some of the Egyptian Museum of Cairo's antiquities, including two mummies.

The political chaos in Egypt has archaeologists terrified that the country's famous antiquities could be damaged or even destroyed. Vandals have already desecrated the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, and continuing anti-government protests could leave more of the country's ancient relics at risk. Here, a quick guide to the problem facing the "greatest open-air museum in the world"

Read more: The Week

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