Azza Farouq, dean of Cairo University’s Faculty of Archaeology, has revealed that 3000 unregistered antiquities were found recently in the rest rooms of the faculty’s museum on campus.
“Some pieces were destroyed by the humidity,” she said.
Museum curators use the rest rooms as storage places.
“Not registering antiquities is a crime,” Farouq said, adding that she has formed a special committee to register the items.
Preliminary reports said that the pieces are rarer than others displayed in major Egyptian or foreign museums, and that they have a high value.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Thousands of unregistered antiquities found in museum
Al Masry Al Youm (Marwa Yassine)