Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Preventing archaeological encroachments

"Zahi Hawass is to open the First Conference on Encroachments on Archaeological Sites tomorrow. 'The conference will tackle the problem of encroachments and their impact on antiquities,' said Hawass, stressing the need for the concerned bodies to play an active role in this. Hawass noted that the conference will also discuss the possibility of introducing new laws and legislation to stop the encroachments, which are increasing all the time. 'The conference aims to decide on a plan to deal with the problem,' added Hawass, who is expected to suggest that participants adopt a bilateral protocol between the SCA and the concerned bodies, different governorates, the Antiquities and Tourist Police and local councils, in a bid to expedite the removal of the encroachments and preserve the country's archaeological heritage. The conference will also focus on enhancing archaeological and the cultural awareness of public and non-governmental organisations, as well as the role the media can play in preventing encroachments."
This is the complete item on the Egyptian Gazette website.

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