Thursday, October 21, 2004

Kind of a slow news day so far. We're expecting the weekly EEF news so there might be more to read later on today.

SCA resumes excavations at mummies valley in Bahreya Oases

Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni gave the green light to the Egyptian mission to resume excavation works in an area known as the valley of mummies in the Bahreya Oases in Giza governorate.

Dr. Zahi Hawas, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), said in statements on Wednesday that the Egyptian mission would not use foreign help during unearthing operations which were suspended three years ago.

Hawas added that the work of the mission in the past five years was carried out with pure Egyptian expertise.

The SCA Chief said that he would lead the mission, which will star its job early next month to unravel the secrets of this valley.

The excavation is expected to result in finding a number of mummies of Pharaonic Egypt to be added to the 249 ones discovered in the past which date back to the 26th dynasty.

That's the whole thing. Sadly, you can't just leave them sit out there because the place would be looted within a month.

Update on Wal-Mart Vs. Teotihuacan Wal-Mart charged over Mexico site

A Mexican leftist leader filed criminal charges against Wal-Mart and local and federal officials over construction of a huge discount store in the shadow of ancient pyramids outside Mexico City.

Gerardo Fernandez, a national director of one of Mexico's biggest opposition parties -- the Party of the Democratic Revolution -- filed charges Tuesday with the federal Attorney General's office to block the Wal-Mart owned store at the Teotihuacan archeological ruins.

Wal-Mart damaged archeological relics during construction, a crime subject to imprisonment, Fernandez said in his complaint, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters. The company had no immediate comment.