CAIRO: Egyptian antiquities are to be registered by the Ministry of Communication using an online database catalogue to combat thefts, according to a Thursday statement by the Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim.
The initiative primarily concerns artifacts preserved in storage sites, which are commonly located near archeological sites. These storage sites, which have been criticized as being unsecure, have been a target for thieves after January 25 Revolution.
Ibrahim met officials from the Ministry of Communication on Thursday, Sept. 26 to discuss the Ministry of Communication’s initiative to register all artifacts on an online database. The meeting was attended by Mohamed Farouk, deputy manager of the Center for Documentation of Cultural & Natural Heritage and Hesham el-Deeb, the director of IT Infrastructure Sector at the Ministry of Communications.
Ibrahim welcomed the project, which was an initiative proposed by Ministry of Communication during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24, according to the statement.
Online registration of Egyptian artifacts is part of the efforts being made by authorities to control storage sites, to be able to track down and find any ancient artifact after it is stolen or lost, according to the ministry.
Translated from Youm7