Government Shuts Down Mankaure Restoration Project

Raghad Khaled

Government Shuts Down Mankaure Granite Restoration Project

The government rejects a project to re-install the outer granite layer of the Mankaure Pyramid.

Today, Ahmed Issa, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, received the report prepared by the Supreme Scientific Committee formed under the chairmanship of archaeologist and former Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass, and the membership of six senior scientists and experts specialized in the fields of archeology and engineering, Egyptians and foreigners from the United States of America, the Czech Republic, and Germany.

The report was made to review the joint project between the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the Japanese Waseda University delegation, submitted to conduct architectural restoration work for the Pyramid of Menkaure in the pyramid’s archaeological area.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities provided the committee with all the necessary data, information, and documents related to the project, which enabled it to complete its work urgently.

The report explained that in light of the intensive meetings held by the committee during the visits to the Pyramid of Menkaure, and the scientific points and theories that were discussed and put forward, the committee agreed with all its members not to approve the re-installation of any of the granite blocks located around the body of the Pyramid.

The committee also agreed on the necessity of preserving the current condition of the pyramid without any modifications due to its exceptional global archaeological value.

The report argues that the shape of the original outer layer of the pyramid can be inferred from the seven rows of blocks that have been present on the body of the pyramid for thousands of years.

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