18 items missing from Egyptian Museum after unrestFebruary 13, 2011 in Other Sciences / Archaeology & Fossils
(AP) -- Egypt's antiquities chief says a full inventory of the Egyptian Museum has found that looters escaped with several items during the anti-government unrest, including two gilded wooden statues of Tutankhamun.
The 18-day uprising that forced out President Hosni Mubarak engulfed the areas around the museum, on the edge of Cairo's Tahrir Square. On Jan. 28, looters climbed a fire escape to the museum roof and lowered themselves on ropes from a glass pane ceiling onto the museum's top floor.
Around 70 objects were damaged, but until Sunday's announcement, it was not known whether anything was missing.
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