Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, March 14, 2011

There remains doubt as to whether Dr Alaa Shaheen has been sworn in as the new Minister for Antiquities and Archaeology or not - governmental statements of confirmation seem a bit lacking.  However, his appointment has now been announced in the Egyptian Gazette (transliterated as Shahin in this case).  Unless I hear this is wrong, I am going to proceed myself on the basis that he has been appointed and that the formal anncouncements will catch up in due course.

In the Gazette article he has reportedly identified a list of a dozen "archaeology sites" which have been raided since 25th Januaty.  Whether this is the Hawass list or a different one, we shall have to wait to see. 

Since January 25, looting has increased all over the country, and the antiquities are in grave danger from criminals trying to take advantage of the current situation, Shahin said, adding that he has prepared a list of dozen archaeology sites that have been raided by thieves since that date.
He says he is trying to persuade the army and police to restore protection - a good first step.  Hopefully they will listen.  He also plans to give 12,000 part time workers full time jobs.  I have no idea what they will do.  The priorities to me seem to be a) security b) better conservation and c) better publication.  


Patrick said...

I have long thought anybody would be better than ZH, until I read these declarations made by the new minister las November:
'In a shock statement, head of the Cairo University Archaeology Department, Dr Ala Shaheen has told an audience that there might be truth to the theory that aliens helped the ancient Egyptians build the oldest of pyramids, the Pyramids of Giza. On being further questioned by Mr Marek Novak, a delegate from Poland as to whether the pyramid might still contain alien technology or even a UFO with its structure, Dr Shaheen, was vague and replied “I can not confirm or deny this, but there is something inside the pyramid that is “not of this world”. Delegates to the conference on ancient Egyptian architecture were left shocked, however Dr Shaheen has refused to comment further or elaborate on his UFO and alien related statements.'
Will we soon be screaming for Zahi to come back?

Anonymous said...

At last the truth comes out about
the regime of Zahi Hawass


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