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Saqqara Step Pyramid Restoration Controversy

From the International Business Times:

Activists are angry with Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh Eldamaty, for choosing to re-hire a company to restore one of Egypt’s oldest pyramids after the firm caused damage and major deterioration to the structure while trying to repair it.
According to the Non-Stop Robberies movement, the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, located in the Saqqara necropolis, sustained serious damage while being restored by a company called Shurbagy. This led to major deterioration and the collapse of a section of the pyramid.
“Technically, the company and officials of the Supreme Council of Antiquities committed a full-fledged crime,” Amir Gamal, a representative of Non-Stop Robberies, told the Egypt Independent.
“New walls were built outside the pyramid as if the pyramid were a modern construction, which is opposite to international standards of restoration, which prevents adding more than 5% of construction to antiquities if necessary.

The story continues here.

HT: Agade

Saqqara Step Pyramid of Djoser from northeast, tb010705916
Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara
Photo from Egypt
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