Ministry of Antiquities (Egypt)

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Arab Republic of Egypt
Ministry of Antiquities
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Agency overview
Jurisdiction Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt
Headquarters Zamalek, Cairo
Agency executive
  • Khaled El-Anany, Minister
Child agency
  • Antiquities Repatriation
Website Official website

The Ministry of Antiquities is the Egyptian government organization which serves to protect and preserve the heritage and ancient history of Egypt.



It was formed from the Supreme Council of Antiquities in 2011 [1] during the reign of President Hosni Mubarak to deal with the security and theft of Egyptian antiquities.

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Grave robbers have been looting ancient Egyptian tombs for centuries. [2] The Ministry of Antiquities works to get the items restored back to Egypt, whenever possible. Over the years, thousands of stolen antiquities have made their way back to Egypt. For instance, in late 2016, the ministry recovered and repatriated two of four Islamic era lamps which had been stolen in 2015. [3] In 2018, a carving in the shape of Osiris which had been hidden in furniture and shipped to Kuwait was repatriated to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities. [4]

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From 2009 - 2014, the ministry worked with the Getty Conservation Institute on the management and conservation of the Tomb of Tutankhamen. [5]

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Past ministers

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Mamdouh Mohamed Gad Eldamaty is an Egyptian Egyptologist who has served in the government of Egypt as Minister of Antiquities from 2014 until 2016. He has also worked as Professor of Egyptology at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University in Cairo. On 15 May 2011, he became Cultural Counselor and Head of the Educational Mission at the Embassy of Egypt in Berlin. On 16 June 2014 it was announced that he was to be appointed as Minister of Antiquities, a position he held until March 2016 when he was replaced by Khaled El-Anany after a cabinet reshuffle.

Duties and Goals

In 2016, the minister, Khaled El-Anany, stated his primary focus would be on solving the budget deficit of the ministry, given that many projects were stalled for lack of funding. [12]

See also

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