Sunday, February 13, 2011

Very sad official news that items have gone missing from Egyptian Museum and Dashur

With photos. Zahi Hawass, Minister of Antiquities, has confirmed that against his expectations and predictions an inventory of the museum following the break-in has resulted in the finding that items have been looted from the museum, including items from the Tutankhamun collection:

The staff of the database department at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo have given me their report on the inventory of objects at the museum following the break in. Sadly, they have discovered objects are missing from the museum. The objects missing are as follows:

1. Gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun being carried by a goddess

2. Gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun harpooning. Only the torso and upper limbs of the king are missing

3. Limestone statue of Akhena

ten holding an offering table

4. Statue of Nefertiti making offerings

5. Sandstone head of an Amarna princess

6. Stone statuette of a scribe from Amarna

7. Wooden shabti statuettes from Yuya (11 pieces)

8. Heart Scarab of Yuya

An investigation has begun to search for the people who have taken these objects, and the police and army plan to follow up with the criminals already in custody. I have said if the Egyptian Museum is safe, than Egypt is safe. However, I am now concerned Egypt is not safe.

In another terrible turn of events, last night a magazine in Dahshur was broken into; it is called De Morgan’s. This magazine contains large blocks and small artifacts.


Anonymous said...

Disgusting. Even more so as it is mostly Amarna artefacts!

I hope Egypt recovers quickly.

Anonymous said...

Time for Hawass to go. there is a need for a new start.

Anonymous said...

Have you looked at the IAE Website as there are some good statements on it: