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Egyptian looters damage museum artifacts

Looters in Egypt managed to break into the Egyptian Museum where they damaged dozens of artifacts and mummies.

Egyptologist Margaret Maitland of the University of Oxford in the U.K. is assessing the archaeological damage from afar by watching video clips from news outlets such as Al Jazeera and reporting her observations on her blog, The Eloquent Peasant.

Using this method, Maitland determined that a wooden boat smashed by the looters in the Egyptian Museum is over 4,000 years old. She also identified two King Tut statues that had been damaged.

“When I saw the video footage from Al Jazeera from inside the Museum, I instantly recognized the Tutankhamun statues,” Maitland told National Geographic News.

“I almost couldn’t believe my eyes, though, so I instantly wanted to look it up and make sure of what I thought I was seeing. … I think a part of me kind of felt that if I could figure out what had been damaged, then by piecing together that information I could somehow piece together the artifacts again.”

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Story: Ker Than, National Geographic | Photo: Tara Todra-Whitehill, AP

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