Saturday, July 23, 2011

Update on our old boy Zahi Hawass and the situation in Egypt

Found via Egyptology News, Zahi Hawass's position is definitely temporary (we'll see) as the search continues for his replacement. However, in the recent cabinet shuffling, the ministry of antiquities has been downgraded to a cabinet-affiliated office, the Supreme Council of Antiquities, the same situation it was in before Hosni Mubarak upgraded it in the final days of his office. The secretary general of the SCA was quoted by Al Masry Al Youm as saying that the antiquities sector funds itself independently, and does not need government funds that it would receive as a ministry. I would argue that there really isn't such a thing as too much money when it comes to preserving and protecting millennia of culture and artifacts, especially in Egypt's case. Click the links for more information.

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