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February 3rd, 2011
06:55 AM ET

Treasures at risk: Damages to King Tut statues, mummies 'a tragedy'

Egyptologists and archaeologists have been at unease since late last week when the unrest in Egypt led to damages to some of the nation's priceless treasures. Last Friday, looters at the Cairo Museum damaged two statues of King Tutankhamun, broke 13 glass showcases and damaged 70 other antiquities. There have also been reports of looting at dig sites around the country.

This morning, Dr. Bob Brier, Egyptologist, tells AM’s Kiran Chetry and T.J. Holmes what damage has been done, how it can be repaired, and how some Egyptians are banding together to protect the museums.

Brier says the entire country of Egypt is a "vast outdoor museum," and that the monuments are certainly not safe.

Filed under: Egypt • World
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  1. bob

    From reading this article and listening to the video it seems that items were broken but not taken. Was anything taken?

    If items were damaged but not taken, the criminals are vandals not looters.

    I think it is irresponsible to imply that items were stolen if in fact they were not.

    But it was nice to hear a positive story on the local people of Luxor banding together to protect the historical items of that region.

    February 3, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  2. Eric

    In reference to the comment from 'Les' – What sort of silly comment is that?! Have you ever even been to Egypt. The national treasures there are among the most impressive in the world... These people are a long way from being '3rd world' and are simply looking for some freedom. Funny how a military action is the first thing to come to mind when a nation is trying to break free of military control. Sometimes a bit of shouting and rock throwing has the desired effect without tanks and soldiers having to get involved.

    February 3, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  3. Les

    Tourism in Egypt? What an oxymoron! These people are 3rd world, ignorant, rockthrowing troglodites. They destroy their own treasures? Land the US Marines at the Suez Canal before they close it. What morons.

    February 3, 2011 at 7:05 am |