Egypt Update: Rare Tomb May Have Been Destroyed

Reports of damage to one of the few ancient Egyptian tombs devoted solely to a woman have tempered the news that most of Egypt’s priceless antiquities have escaped damage and that teams of foreign archaeologists are safe amid widespread protests against the regime led by Hosni Mubarak.

One archaeologist present at the famous cemetery of Saqqara, south of Cairo, said that as many as 200 looters were digging for treasure in the area this past weekend before police resecured the area. The excavator, who requested anonymity, added that the tomb of Maya, the wet nurse of King Tutankhamun, was “completely destroyed.” Another Western archaeologist said, “We still don’t know the extent of the damage, but things have been bad and out of control.”

None of the Molotov cocktails hurled yesterday around Tahrir Square, home of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities , damaged the building or its contents, according to Zahi Hawass, the minister of antiquities. His blogexplains that he has been in contact with the museum control room and that there was no damage beyond last weekend’s break-in, which damaged 70 artifacts. Hawass also vehemently denied that there has been heavy looting in Saqqara.


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