One of the most enduring events of the Egyptian uprising occurred late one night when local citizens formed a human chain to protect the Egyptian Antiquities Museum on Tahrir Square from those seeking to damage or steal its priceless contents. Sadly, this followed reports that the museum had been looted. Now, some 21 months later, the museum is attempting to maintain a sense of normalcy.
Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim announced that construction would take 40 months and the museum would be officially opened on 15 August 2015. It will relate the history of the ancient Egyptian civilisation from prehistory right through to the early Graeco-Roman period.
A fire that erupted in Egypt’s Institute for the Advancement of Scientific Research has resulted in the loss of several precious manuscripts. Nearly 30,000 books were rescued out of a total of around 196,000 in the institute’s collection
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Egypt has received a grant of $50.4 million loan from the Japanese Government for completion of the final phase. The museum will feature 100,000 artifacts with the government to spend $100 million on storage rooms and a renovation center for the GEM. Construction work would begin in mid-November 2011 and is scheduled to be completed by March 2015.
The Antikhenmuseum in Basel, Switzerland will return to Egypt a limestone relief depicting a hunting scene from the daily life of its owner. The relief is dated to the fifth dynasty of the Old Kingdom.
The tourism and antiquities police succeeded in retrieving four ancient Egyptian artefacts, two of which were reported missing from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.
The ministry of state for antiquities affairs (MSAA) offers a reward to any Egyptian citizen for the return or information that leads to the discovery of any of the artefacts that were stolen in the break-ins at the Egyptian museum and other archaeological sites during the chaos of Egypt’s January 25 Revolution.
A statue of King Tutankhamun, which was looted during Egypt's anti-government protests, has been returned to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo along with three other pharaonic artifacts.
Released on March 15, 2011, the list contains 63 items including ritual statues and a fan belonging to King Tut, Yuya's shabtis, amulets and jewelry. Gilded wooden figure of Tutankhamen on a skiff, gilded wood statue of Tutankhamen wearing the Red Crown, gilded wooden statue of Menkaret carrying a mummified Tutankhamen, bronze striding statue of the Goddess Neith and the unfinished limestone statue of Nefertiti as an offering bearer are also among the missing relics announced by the SCA.
Z. Hawass published a list of stolen items from the Cairo Egyptian Museum. These include objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun and the tomb of Yuya and Thuja.