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NEWS: Ramses IX gate mildly damaged by fire

20130627-102936.jpgRumours abounded after fire was reported at the gate of New Kingdom King Ramses IX last night. As the smoke cleared, there was damage, but slight (Source: Ahram Online).

“Arabul Hesn archaeological area, where the ancient Egyptian capital Heliopolis (known in ancient Egypt as the City of the Sun) is located, was set on fire last night. As usual, rumours took their toll with the media saying that the limestone gate of King Ramses IX was turned to black cinder.

Asking the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) whether the rumour was right or wrong got no response until Osama El-Shimi, director general of Cairo antiquities in the MSA, told Ahram Online that the grass around the Ramesside Temple was set on fire last night. The fire did not affect the temple or the Ramses IX gate. Regrettably, smoke from the fire blackened some parts of the gate and a section of the mud brick wall that once enclosed the temple.

El-Shimi assured out that the impact of fire was minimal but that an archaeological committee had been assigned to inspect the affected parts of the gate and suggest the most efficient method of restoring it to its original state.

Damage to the site again highlights the lack of security and oversight that hit the country after the 2011 revolution, along with the decline of the tourism industry that decreased the budget of the MSA and its ability to restore and secure archaeological sites” – via Ahram Online.

Read more here.

It’s such a relief that that damage is slight and can be repaired! My only hope is that security measures are put in place to stop this kind of damage from occurring in the future.

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