Egypt's damaged artifacts to be restored in days

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 7, 2011 13:16

Egypt's minister of antiquities has announced that artifacts damaged by looters would be restored over the next five days.

Zahi Hawass also says that steps were being taken to reopen Egypt's famed archaeological sites, which have been closed since unrest seized the country two weeks ago.

Monday's statement said that among the objects damaged was a statue of King Tutankhamun standing on a panther and a wooden sarcophagus from the New Kingdom period, dating back roughly 3,500 years ago.

On Jan. 28, looters broke into the museum and damaged a number of items, including two mummified skulls from the Late Period.

The museum, which is right next to the massive anti-government protests in downtown Cairo, is now being guarded by the army.


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