The fate of Egypt's antiquities

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 7 Mar 2011

After protests by archaeologists, the ministry for antiquities is no longer under the jurisdiction of the culture ministry but rather that of the cabinet

Follwing several decisions and counter decisions, the ministry for antiquities became a Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) under the direct supervision of the Cabinet, rather than the ministry of culture

Egyptian archaeologists managed to keep antiquities independent from the ministry of culture. Egypt's newly appointed Prime Minister Essam Sharaf agreed to keep the ministry of antiquities an independent body among the cabinet echelon and separate it from the ministry of culture.

Such a ministerial decision came following demonstrations held by hundreds of Egyptian archaeologists who picketed from the garden of the Egyptian museum in Tahrir up to the cabinet building in Qasr El-Aini street demanding an independent ministry.




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