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Egyptian Museums and Cultural Sites are Threatened

Egyptian Museums and cultural sites have been the target of thefts and looters during the unrest in Egypt during the last week. Works of art have been stolen and some were damaged and destroyed. However, after the Egyptians realized that their heritage came into danger many Egyptian colleagues engaged in the cultural sector and countless volunteers tried to protect it in private and official initiatives. Many rumors are circulating, and we have to wait until the situation has calmed down to review what is fact. One of the most impressive example was the chain of people on the Tahrir place in Cairo, who tried to protect the Egyptian Museum from further thefts.

 

Dr. Regine Schulz

Director of International Curatorial Relations Curator of Ancient Art The Walters Art Museum 

Here are some of the many stories about the situation. Some are sad. Many are encouraging.