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.