UNESCO Sends Team to Egypt, 81 Objects Missing

Posted on March 20, 2011

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Egypt’s antiquities ministry has released the final result of the post-revolution inventories, which reveal that 81 archaeological objects are missing from their collections. This includes 27 objects from theTel El-Faraein storehouse and 54 from the national museum in Cairo.

Egypt’s former antiquities minister, Zahi Hawass, reached out to the international community and asked for help in recovering these objects, which are believed to have been stolen in the course of the riots and afterward.  UNESCO is responding by sending a delegation to assess the state to Egypt’s cultural heritage collection.

Hawass originally claimed that no objects were missing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, then announced it was 18 objects, and now concedes it is 54. Even though Hawass has resigned from being the head of Egypt’s antiquities department, he says he will “continue to do everything in [his] power to help [his] country fight against the illicit trafficking of antiquities.”

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