February 1, 2011 |
Egyptians are hoping against hope that forging a new future won't cost them their past. Tumultuous protests sweeping across the country carry the hope of a new government, a thrilling prospect for a beleaguered citizenry. But as looters move to take advantage of the unrest, archaeological experts warn that Egypt's treasure trove of antiquities is in peril. The center of the protest movement, Tahrir Square, abuts the Egyptian Museum, home to thousands of priceless artifacts encompassing centuries of Pharaonic history.
August 1, 2010
1. The sun, the sea, the near-daily scenes of social unrest. It's no wonder cruise ships and chartered aircraft are circumventing Greece, taking travelers to trendy Turkey and Egypt instead. Greek travel associations said hotel bookings were down for a second straight season, seesawing between a 30% drop in May, when austerity measures sparked rioting, to about 10% in July. Unofficially, the decline is steeper. Struggling hoteliers estimate a 30% drop in stays, forcing many of the country's small-scale hostel owners to close for the season or shed their money-losing digs.
May 1, 2007 |
Egypt plans to seek the temporary return of some of its most precious artifacts from museums abroad, including the Rosetta Stone and a bust of Nefertiti. The country's chief archeologist, Zahi Hawass, said the Foreign Ministry would send letters this week requesting that the ancient artifacts be loaned to Egypt. Hawass has previously demanded the permanent return of many of the artifacts, claiming some of them were taken illegally.
April 11, 2007 |
Locks of 3,200-year-old hair from the pharaoh Ramses II were unveiled at the Egyptian Museum on Tuesday, returned to Egypt after being stolen 30 years ago in France and put up for sale on the Internet. The small tufts of brown hair were displayed alongside pieces of linen bandages and 11 pieces of resin used in the mummification of Ramses and his son Merneptah in a glass display case. Photographers mobbed the case as Egypt's culture minister and antiquities chief showed off the returned items.
May 3, 2006 |
The Supreme Council of Antiquities for Egypt has given the St. Louis Art Museum a May 15 deadline to turn over the 3,000-year-old burial mask of Ka Nefer Nefer, which they believe left the country illegally. Officials at the museum in St. Louis are evaluating documents from the council that seek to prove that the mask from around 1307 to 1196 BC could have been stolen from an Egyptian Museum storage room. "We don't feel like we've seen everything yet," said Brent Benjamin, director of the St.
August 8, 2005 |
It wasn't exactly what Jonathan and Mary Brown were expecting. The British couple were shocked by their first visit to the old Egyptian Museum, set in the heart of Cairo's busiest downtown square. "It breaks my heart seeing the monuments kept that way," said Jonathan Brown, a retired real estate investor. "I got into the museum and didn't know which way to go. I couldn't find user-friendly maps, no illustrations. It's also very noisy here. I felt I was at a circus, not a museum."