Despite Zahi Hawass’s initial downplay of the extent of looting which occurred during the pro-democracy riots, new information has come to light showing the damage to be far greater than suggested. The Art Newspaper recently compiled a list of damage done to Pharaonic site since the political unrest began in January. Much of the publications data relies on information released by Hawass prior to his resignation on March 3.
“The world cannot sit by and permit unchecked anarchy to jeopardize the cultural heritage of one of the world’s oldest, greatest and most inspiring civilizations. We echo the voices of all concerned citizens of the globe in imploring Egypt’s new government authorities, in building the nation’s future, to protect its precious past. Action needs to be taken immediately.” Thomas Campbell