Egypt’s treasures at risk
Soldiers guard the Egyptian Museum in Cairo from looters on Monday.
February 3rd, 2011
08:48 AM ET

Egypt’s treasures at risk

Egyptologists and archaeologists have been uneasy since late last week when the unrest in Egypt led to damage to some of the nation's priceless treasures. On Friday, looters at the Cairo Museum damaged two statues of King Tutankhamun, broke 13 glass showcases and damaged 70 other antiquities. There have also been reports of looting at dig sites around the country.

This morning, Dr. Bob Brier, Egyptologist, tells American Morning’s Kiran Chetry and TJ Holmes what damage has been done, how it can be repaired, and how some Egyptians are banding together to protect the museums.

Brier says the entire country of Egypt is a "vast outdoor museum," and that the monuments are certainly not safe.

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  1. Person

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    February 3, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      Egypt always was a nation, certainly before us - but they are throwing away their heritage – I guess the mob mentality is human nature...such an incredible shame and loss to us all.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ani Charles

    It's unfortunate that a country like Egypt with all there antiquities and monument will descend so low to damage natural endowments given to them by God which is completely priceless.Let the Egyptians remember that after Hosni Mubarak ,the country continues.

    February 3, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    King Tut, is worldly, please don't damage his tomb, looters, please,

    February 3, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Aljazerraistrulythebest

    where is the coverage of the saudi protests. We know the protest have existed in the last weeks. Is there a u.s. Saudi blackout issued? By whose order? The treasures of egypt are intact.. The treasures of media integrity are in tatters. That includes the so called intern univesity western media of exchanged political favoritism non students.. No integrity is now obvious.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Aljazerraistrulythebest

    looting here in chicago..just like any other superbowl family treasure betting day. Do americans own egypts treasures also? "backing the wrong horses" a betting empire that cares more about horse races than reality.. Better idea.. Where is the coverage of the saiudi whips on womens backs protests? Bama..your prayers ring hollow.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Aljazerraistrulythebest

    that is Saudi.. As in Arabia... LAND OF WHIPS AND BILLIONARES WHO LOVE THEM. thnx.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. Aljazerraistrulythebest

    egypt is a nation.. Only americans throw out out tons of treasure every year and call it garbage. Where is your last house? Lol.. The deserts are the true treasures and the people they give life to.

    February 3, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy


    What are you talking about???? Comparing the looting of the Cairo Museum and the looting of a Best Buy is just ridiculous!!!!!!

    February 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tomcat

    @Alj.........Yes most societies have become notorius for their disposable ways. There are many organizations that are more than happy to take what you consider trash. The antiquities of past should be protected. I am full support of change needed in countries living under corrupt governments, but such true treasures should not be put in harms way. The peoples need to realize that this items can not be replaced and are a gatewway to the past. Also the killing of others will never help either side as these individuals are not and should not be considerd "disposable or trash". I also realize that many feel that the life of Mubarak could be grouped as such.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy


    Hidey ho hello, good neighbor. Well said.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    @Tomcat, do YOU group the life of Mubarak as trash.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |