Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

There is a lengthy update from Dr Hawass on his blog http://www.hawass.com/ (Full link later when I am on the laptop.)

The news is not good.  Reports that the goddess section of the statue had been retrieved now seem wrong and chillingly he talks of "fragments" being found. The condition of this masterpiece might be disastrous and irreparable.

Dr Hawass also tries to explain why reports have been contradictory: the museum is still under military control and moving around the museum is difficult; he was misinformed by one member of staff; and he believed most items would be found. As close as we will ever get, he practically apologises for his over-optimism in reports. 

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