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Art Theft Central: Recovering from Art Theft and Cultural Heritage Crises

Although Egypt’s archaeological sites and cultural institutions reopened to tourists last week, chaos and confusion still seem to reign over the country’s antiquities scene. According to The New York Times, on Tuesday Zahi Hawass said that “his department was unable to protect Egypt’s historic sites and artifacts and that he was considering resigning.” Hawass, who serves as Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities and sided with the Mubarak regime during the civil unrest, said in a telephone interview that two warehouses near the pyramids of Giza were looted and that people were caught excavating at Abydos, an archaeological site north of Luxor. Hawass claimed that while “During the revolution nothing happened [to Egyptian cultural sites and artifacts] (refer to this post for a different opinion),” it appears that now after the revolution, “many things are happening everywhere.”
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