Scientific committee formed to review restoration project for Menkaure Pyramid at Giza Plateau

Ahram Online , Saturday 3 Feb 2024

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa issued a ministerial decree forming a supreme scientific committee, led by archaeologist and former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass, to review the restoration project for the Menkaure pyramid at Giza plateau.

A stone is lifted by a crane during a conservation project by the base of the Pyramid of Menkaure (or Menkheres, built in the 26th century BC) at the Giza Pyramids Necropolis, west of Cairo. Photo: AFP


The committee consists of engineers and archaeologists, particularly pyramid specialists from Egypt, the United States, the Czech Republic, and Germany.

The committee's primary task is to evaluate the proposed architectural restoration project for the Menkaure Pyramid at the Giza Plateau, initiated through collaboration between the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) and Waseda University's mission in Japan.

Upon completion of the project review, the committee will produce a comprehensive scientific report detailing its findings and recommendations. This report will also outline the necessary procedures for coordination with the UNESCO.

Before any work commences on the Menkaure Pyramid, the committee's report will require approval from the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities. The SCA will provide the committee with all relevant data and information to ensure the project's success.

An international press conference will be eventually organized to announce the committee's findings and the decision regarding the project's commencement.

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