The Ministry of Antiquities is set to begin a new tradition in an attempt to raise Egyptians' archaeological awareness as well as provide them an opportunity to participate in the ministry's decision making process.
Elham Salah, head of the ministry's Museums Sector, told Ahram Online that the selection of the Egyptian Museum's Piece of the month would not be chosen by the museum's board but instead by the community and antiquities lovers throughout the world through voting on a dozen of artifacts posted on the Ministry's official Facebook page.
The first collection featured in the voting process was posted Wednesday on the ministry's Facebook page. Voting on what will eventually be selected as the July Piece of the Month will be conducted through comments on the post.
Salah asserted that in the future the museum's Piece of the Month, which is displayed for the entirety of the month in the museum's foyer, will be selected by a popular vote.
The monthly selection seeks to distinguish an object that is of profound historical or artistic value that may otherwise go unnoticed in the museum's vast gallery.