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On the sidelines of the events currently shaking theEgypt, Egyptologists and the international community are also concerned about the fate of ancient egyptian heritage, and in particular archaeological treasures held by the famous cairo museum. Thus, two mummies from the Pharaonic era were severely damaged during an attempted theft during anti-government protests, according to the patron of Egyptian antiquities Zahi Hawass ...
Looters broke into the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on Saturday, tearing off the heads of two mummies and damaging around ten small artifacts, before being captured and detained by army soldiers, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said. Egyptian. The Egyptian Museum, which contains priceless treasures from antiquity, was surrounded on Saturday by a human chain made up of dozens of Egyptians in an attempt to avoid looting.
While protests against Hosni Mubarak's regime still rage across the country, fears that possible looters might attempt to appropriate national treasures prompted the army to dispatch troops to various historic sites, including to the pyramids of Giza and the temple of Luxor. The looting or destruction of archaeological treasures and collections of antiquities held by Egypt would represent an inestimable and unprecedented loss for all mankind.