Monday, 16 May 2011

US experts to help Egypt counter antiquities theft

Experts from the US are planning to visit Egypt to help the country's authorities plan counter measures to combat the problem of theft of antiquities.

Members of the delegation have not bee n names but news reports say they represent "major American institutions interested in protecting relics."
Included are several prominent experts who had submitted a petition urging the US administration to help prevent the potential trading of Egyptian antiquities in the US market.

A total of 1250 artifacts, stolen from museums and ministry stores during the "security vaccuum" that started during the 25 January revolution, have not yet been retrieved, according to Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass.

For more, see Al-Masry Al-Youm

Ahram Online: Minister of State for Antiquities Zahi Hawass met yesterday (Tuesday)  a group of American Egyptologists led by Deborah Lehr, director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University, to discuss ways of collaborating to protect Egypt’s heritage.

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