List of 'at risk' Egyptian archaeological sites to be published

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 9 Oct 2011

Supreme Council of Antiquities hopes archaeologists will preserve threatened sites before they suffer irreparable damage

Tanis site in Delta

In an attempt to preserve and protect archaeological sites threatened by urban development, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) is preparing a list of sites deemed at risk, which will be distributed to archaeological institutes throughout the country. It will be also posted on the SCA website to be promoted internationally.

Mostafa Amine, secretary general of the SCA, told Ahram Online that this list would be a first step towards protecting these sites, and encouraging foreign and Egyptian archaeological missions to work there and help preserve them by excavating, restoring and documenting their monuments.

Most of the threatened archaeological sites are found in the Delta and Lower Egypt where urban development is unplanned. The sites are also threatened by subterranean water used by farmers to irrigate agricultural land.

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