The Sphinx is Sad | Zahi Hawass

1.     The two mummies that were reported as damaged at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo were in fact unidentified skulls dating to the Late Period; these two skulls are NOT royal mummies. These skulls were being temporarily housed in the storage room next to the CT scanner lab, which is in the grounds of the museum. The skulls were there to be used to test the CT scanner, and when they were retrieved from the looters, they were in the same condition that they had been in when they were originally placed in the storage room.

2.     A reporter with National Geographic news wrote an article, which claimed I had said that the open-air museum of Memphis had been emptied of its antiquities.  This claim is completely untrue.  The site of Memphis, like all the other sites in Egypt, is safe and has not been looted.  This reporter also claimed that a wooden boat, over 4,000 years old, housed in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, was damaged, this is also untrue. I would like to point out that none of the wooden boats in the museum are over 4,000 years old. Due to this reporter’s inability to check facts, I have contacted the head of National Geographic to look into this situation further.

3.     The tomb of Maia in Saqqara is safe. Reports that it, and other tombs such as those belonging to the Two Brothers, Mereruka and Tiye, had been damaged were proven inaccurate when I sent Dr. Sabri Abdel Aziz, the Head of the Pharaonic Sector of the Ministry of Antiquities, to check them.  Dr. Sabri confirmed that the tomb of Maia has not suffered any type of damage, nor did any other tomb in Saqqara suffer any damage. I believe this is because the tombs are very dark at night, and the looters, who were likely looking for gold, were frightened and ran away without causing any destruction.


The Sphinx is Sad | – Zahi Hawass.

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