The secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities had much to tell his interviewer on "Spotlight". Zahi Hawass waxed lyrical about "exciting things" that have been happening in the field of archaeology -- the discovery of a new tomb of a queen at Saqqara that has yet to be formally announced; the entrance to two tombs in the Valley of the Kings on which excavation will begin in October; and "big happenings" in Aswan, Edfu and Kom Ombo.He was enthusiastic about the "improvements" at Dendera and the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, and gave details of the new museums at Rashid, Arish, Minya and Amarna, as well as site management at Beni Hassan and TunaAl-Gabel.Zahi Hawass raved about the progress on the Civilisation Museum at Fustat and the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza.
Indeed, he also had much to say about the plan to upgrade the Pyramid Plateau and turn it into "a tourist-friendly and hawker-free zone".
that the project's security component included installing cameras,
alarms and motion detectors, as well as building up a 20-kilometre
I wonder if the new
electronic security devices, however, while monitoring the movements of
tourists and hawkers, cameleers and horse riders, will be able to pick
up the unwelcome winged creatures that are finding a comfortable and
shady roost in the eye and ear cavities of the Sphinx, and causing
damage to the stone with their droppings. Apparently the pigeons are
pecking away at this most grand and famous of monuments,finding in it
an appetising calcium meal. Back in 1991, after a Save the Sphinx
programme of restoration, Hawass declared that the monument was not in
any danger. "Its head and neck can live for another thousand years," he
declared at the time. He could not possibly have foreseen this newest
threat -- the high level of acidity in the droppings of birds and its
destructive effect on the stone. Just how serious is the problem?
I am reminded of the press
coverage in the United Kingdom back in November 2002, about the health
hazard and the "mess" created by some 4,000 pigeons in Trafalgar
Square, when campaigners called for the right to continue to feed the
birds. The British press made a great hue and cry about that. "Court
threat over Trafalgar pigeons", "In defence of pigeons" and "Pigeon
protest ruffles feathers", theheadlines screa......
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