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Luxor Times: 5 Jan 2011

Luxor Times

Wednesday 5 January 2011

There is no list for Stolent Antiquities & Rosetta Stone is our top priority

Dr.Zahi Hawass said earlier today (at Shura Council during the discussions of the agreement with Switzerland concerning returning the stolen antiquities) that Egypt doesn’t have a list of the stolen antiquities as it was legally sold till 1981. We established a new department at the Supreme Council to follow the antiquities auctions and in case an Egyptian artefact is found so we demand to stop the auction and start taking the legal procedures to return it back.
Also Dr. Zahi announced that an exhibition will be held within a month at Prince Taz palace, Cairo to show the 5000 objects were returned back to Egypt. He also referred that the registration project of the Egyptian antiquities will be completed in 2 years.
Hawass said “one of our top priorities is to return Rosetta stone back but having it back from the British Museum is a difficult issue but we are doing our best”. He didn’t forget to mention that the media makes a huge effect in returning the stolen artefacts.
Concerning protecting the antiquities in Egypt already, Dr. Zahi commented saying “we received about 3000 reports concerning dealing in antiquities or smuggling but it turns out to be fake, we need to change the culture of the people concerning digging for antiquities. We also make sure that Egypt’s treasures are safe as the SCA has 46 museum storage and 29 control points all over Egypt beside 10.000 security personnel who have been trained to secure the sites and provided with the needed information and culture on the importance of the sites they work on as they replaced the old guard guy who used to have a stick and doesn’t know the value of the site he is supposed to be protecting.”

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