Sunday, 24 April 2011

Excavations at Lahoun in the Fayoum halted due to ‘negligence’ of the excavators

Excavation works being carried out by the Egyptian mission at Lahoun archaeological site in Fayoum have been halted by The Permanent Committee of Egyptian Antiquities.

The archaeological mission was originally sent at the request of Zahi Hawass and found that the site was subject to deterioration.

Ahram Online reports that a collection of ancient Egyptian mummies discovered at the site were damaged due to negligence, while clay sarcophagi were left in the sand without any protection or restoration, which led to their deterioration.

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