Monday, January 16, 2006

More Tutankhamun (Chicago Tribune Metromix)
"After the last Tut exhibit returned to Egypt in the early 1980s from its long U.S. and European tour, the Egyptian parliament passed laws barring future tours outside Egypt.In a telephone interview this week, Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said Egyptian lawmakers had been dismayed by physical damage done to some artifacts from the earlier tour. Museums around the world have almost ceaselessly pressured Egypt to mount another exhibition ever since, Hawass said. At the same time, Egypt, a poor country, has struggled to properly store, conserve and display its vast collection of antiquities."

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