Dr Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities, released a new statement yesterday (6th February). This refutes the account of the looting of the Memphis Museum given by Dr. El-Saddik, and her claim in De Zeit that the Egyptian Museum break in was in part an inside job. There is a minor update on the two mummies, with Hawass saying he initially feared for royal mummies from the family of Akhenaten undergoing DNA testing. [The fact that more mummies are still being tested is an interesting piece of news in itself.]
The biggest update is in relation to the items damaged in the museum. To the previous list is added:
- Tutankham's gilded walking stick which was snapped in two;
- minor and repairable damage to a statue of Akhenaten bearing and offering tray; and
- a New Kingdom mummy case which was opened but apparently not damaged.