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NEWS: UNESCO visits Cairo to discuss threats to archaeological sites

Encroachment on Dahshur and the establishment of a regional centre for World Heritage were the main themes discussed today by Minister for Antiquities and UNESCO'S Director General (Source: Ahram Online).

Encroachment on Dahshur and the establishment of a regional centre for World Heritage were the main themes discussed today by Minister for Antiquities and UNESCO’S Director General (Source: Ahram Online).

“After a meeting lasting over two hours with UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova, Minister of State for Antiquities, Mohamed Ibrahim told reporters he had reported the ministry’s exerted efforts to stop construction encroaching on Egypt’s archaeological sites. Over the last six months many Egyptian sites listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, espeically Dahshur in Giza and Tel Al-Amarna in Minya, have been victim of urban sprawl.

Ibrahim told Ahram Online that they discussed the possibility of establishing a regional centre for World Heritage in Cairo. This centre, he explained, would help African countries protect their archaeological sites listed on the World Heritage List as well as provide training for African archaeologists and curators on the latest technology used in discovering, studying and restoring monuments and artefacts” – via Ahram Online.

Read more here.

I think that a regional World Heritage centre sounds like a fantastic idea for Cairo – the encroachment upon archaeological sites in Egypt is only getting worse. Training archaeologists and curators to look after their heritage is a crucial element in making this work.

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