Dear friends, we feel very, but very much bitterness and we feel very nauseous when we see some egyptologists (or researchers or journalists) statements all around the world who are not in Egypt, and who are only, for the most of them, just one month by year in Egypt (for the most serious ones) or not at all… so many incredible lies and breaking of false rumors attacking in fact the Egyptian people.
The new director of the Egyptian Museum, Tarek El Awady, (man in the left in the photo) who is recently appointed, has been staying at the museum for the last two days; he has been sleeping there with his colleagues. So if you want to see the Truth about Egyptian sites and museums, below are the news from the 3 operation rooms for Antiquities in Egypt :
– Alexandria : « All of the museums in Alexandria are safe and secure. (seven archaeological sites that were open to the public before 25 January 2011. All are completely secure: Qaitbey Fort, the Necropolis of Anfushi, Chatby Necropolis, Kom El-Shuqafa, Pompey’s Pillar, and the Roman amphitheater (or Kom el-Dikka) are all completely protected by Egyptian security forces and the army.) Even two of the six museums, the Jewelry Museum and the Alexandria National Museum, were open to the public and the other four, including the Greco-Roman Museum, the Marine Museum, and the Mosaic Museum, are under development. »
– Sakkara : « The tomb of Maia in Saqqara is safe. Reports that it, and other tombs such as those belonging to the Two Brothers, Mereruka and Tiye, had been damaged were proven inaccurate when Dr. Sabri Abdel Aziz, the Head of the Pharaonic Sector of the Ministry of Antiquities, was sent to check them. Dr. Sabri confirmed that the tomb of Maia has not suffered any type of damage, nor did any other tomb in Saqqara suffer any damage. »
– Egyptian Museum : « The two mummies that were reported as damaged at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo were in fact unidentified skulls dating to the Late Period; these two skulls are NOT royal mummies. These skulls were being temporarily housed in the storage room next to the CT scanner lab, which is in the grounds of the museum. The skulls were there to be used to test the CT scanner, and when they were retrieved from the looters, they were in the same condition that they had been in when they were originally placed in the storage room. »
– Memphis : « A reporter with National Geographic news wrote an article, which claimed I had said that the open-air museum of Memphis had been emptied of its antiquities. This claim is completely untrue. The site of Memphis, like all the other sites in Egypt, is safe and has not been looted.
Anyway the truth is a so strong force that sooner or later, it will be shown in front of the world, and the lies and false rumours will disappeared for ever.
Reported by Gigal with her team: Cairo city, February 2011