Friday, December 30, 2005

Pharaohs on the move

Nevine El-Aref looks at a year of culture and heritage in Egypt: "Tighter security and more effective protection notwithstanding, the collapse of a fragment of the Great Pyramid two weeks ago hurt no one, but prompted another round of the periodic dual campaign to inspect and restore both the outer body and inner corridors of the Pyramids. Culture Minister Hosni has dismissed the incident as representing no genuine threat . . . . He referred the collapse to environmental factors -- like erosion -- pointing out that such incidents had occasionally also taken place as a result of people illegally climbing up the Pyramids. The block that splintered is in fact one of more than a million building components weighing 0.5-5.2 tonnes each".

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