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Egypt bans new excavations by foreign scholars

Egypt bans new excavations by foreign scholars
trefwoorden: Egypte - opgraving - buitenland
Southern monuments will be off-limits for the next ten years in an attempt to prevent the destruction of rich archaeological sites.
Egypt will not permit any new foreign expeditions to begin excavations in southern Egypt for the coming decade in an attempt to preserve the monuments, the antiquities chief said on Wednesday.
Zahi Hawass, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said concentration is instead needed at sites in the Nile Delta and in the desert.
"We say this for the sake of the monuments," Hawass told reporters. "We are not going to please you [foreigners] and destroy the monuments.''

Lees verder bij: Taipei Times (26 september 2003)