Friday, March 17, 2006

Saving the Sphinx, again
A piece on the Al Ahram Weekly website about the latest restoration work on the Sphinx: "The Giza Plateau was a hive of activity yesterday, reports Nevine El-Aref. In addition to the usual tourists roaming around the monuments, a group of Egyptian workmen, together with restorers and Egyptologists, were busy at work at the foot of the Sphinx, installing iron scaffolding around the body of the statue barely eight years after the decade-long project to restore it ended in 1998." The work, according to Zahi Hawass, will include re-casing of sections damaged by air pollution and erosion and reinforcing weak points in the Sphninx's chest and neck. See the above URL for the full piece, which includes a short review of some of the previous restoration work, including efforts during the Pharaonic period.

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