EGITTO ARCHEOLOGIA E RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: egiziano piramide a rischio di ‘collasso catastrofico’, EGYPT INDEPENDENT (01-04|09|2014) & (28|08|2014).

EGITTO ARCHEOLOGIA E RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: egiziano piramide a rischio di 'collasso catastrofico', EGYPT INDEPENDENT (01-04|09|2014) & (28|08|2014).

EGITTO ARCHEOLOGIA E RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: egiziano piramide a rischio di ‘collasso catastrofico’, EGYPT INDEPENDENT (01-04|09|2014) & (28|08|2014).

— Egypt’s oldest pyramid being destroyed by company hired to restore it, claim activists, NEWS.COM.AU (04|09|2014).

IT’S an invaluable piece of history, yet the oldest pyramid in Egypt is being destroyed by the company hired to restore it, say activists.
According to the Non-stop Robberies movement, the company hired by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities to restore the Pyramid of Djoser, in the ancient burial ground of Saqqara, has broken preservation laws requiring that any new construction be less than 5 per cent of the preserved structure.

Instead the company — which has reportedly never worked on a preservation project before — built a number of new walls and structures that passed the limit.
The company, called Shurbagy, has been working for nine years and has not been successful in any of the six projects it has worked on, the movement’s Amir Gamal told the Egypt Independent, adding that all are being investigated.
“The company has never restored any archaeological site. All projects it had were to create modern construction at archaeological sites,” Gamal said.

But it doesn’t end there. The activist claims the new construction is contributing to the collapse of the 4600-year-old pyramid.
“Technically, the company and officials of the Supreme Council of Antiquities committed a full-fledged crime. New walls were built outside the pyramid as if the pyramid were a modern construction,” Gamal says.
“Adding the modern construction is a large pressure on the decaying pyramid, which threatens catastrophe.”

The pyramid was first built by the ancient Egyptians and was constructed from limestone for Pharaoh Djoser, who ruled from 2686—2613BC.
Six unequal steps form the pyramid, which is 62 metres high. Inside, the pyramid has a network of corridors and a granite and marble burial chamber.

But it is falling apart, ravaged by looters, earthquakes and the erosive force of 4600 years of time.
In 2011, restoration attempts began after fears that the Saqqara Pyramid faced ‘imminent’ collapse as a result of a 1992 earthquake.
A British team deployed giant ‘airbags’ to support the ceiling of the pyramid as the government initiated plans for permanent repairs.
However, the 2011 revolution and an economic crisis saw the restoration halted in 2012.

FONTE | SOURCE:

— Egypt’s oldest pyramid being destroyed by company hired to restore it, claim activists, NEWS.COM.AU (04|09|2014).

http://www.news.com.au/world/egypts-oldest-pyramid-being-destroyed-by-company-hired-to-restore-it-claim-activists/story-fndir2ev-1227047432152

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— Egypt’s Step Pyramid At Risk of ‘Catastrophic Collapse’, EGYPTIAN STREETS (01|09|2014).

Activists in Egypt expressed anger after Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities assigned a company, which oversaw the collapse of a major part of the 4,600-year-old Saqqara Pyramid, to resume its restoration reported.

In statements to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Amir Gamal, representative of the ‘Non-Stop Robberies’ movement said the Minister of Antiquities gave orders to resume the restoration of the Saqqara Pyramid by the same company that had been responsible for major deterioration, including the collapse of a section of the pyramid, during earlier restoration attempts.

Shurbagy, the company assigned, has been in business for nine years and has not seen much success in any of the six projects it undertook, Gamal told Al-Masry Al-Youm, adding that the company is currently under investigation.

“The company has never restored any archaeological site. All projects it had were to create modern construction at archaeological sites,” Gamal explained.

“Technically, the company and officials of the Supreme Council of Antiquities committed a full-fledged crime. New walls were built outside the pyramid as if the pyramid were a modern construction, which is opposite to international standards of restoration, which prevents adding more than 5 percent of construction to antiquities if necessary. Adding the modern construction is a large pressure on the decaying pyramid, which threatens catastrophe.”

The Saqqara Pyramid, also known as the step pyramid, dates back to 4,600 years ago during the time of the Pharaoh Joser.

In 2011, restoration attempts commenced after fears that the Saqqara Pyramid faced ‘imminent’ collapse as a result of a 1992 earth quake. A British team deployed giant ‘air-bags’ to support the ceiling of the Pyramid as the government initiated plans for permanent repairs. However, the 2011 revolution and an economic crisis saw the restoration halted in 2012.

FONTE | SOURCE:

— Egypt’s Step Pyramid At Risk of ‘Catastrophic Collapse’, EGYPTIAN STREETS (01|09|2014).

Egypt’s Step Pyramid At Risk of ‘Catastrophic Collapse’

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— Activists: Unqualified company tasked with restoration of Egypt’s oldest pyramid, EGYPTIAN INDEPENDENT (31|08|2014).

Activists have launched an attack against the Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh al-Damaty after assigning a company that oversaw major deterioration and collapse of a section of the Saqqara Pyramid during its restoration.

Amir Gamal, representative of the ‘Non-stop Robberies’ movement said the minister ordered to resume the restoration of Saqqara pyramid by the same company that destroyed it before.

The company, called Shurbagy, has been working for nine years and has not been successful in any of the six projects it has worked on, he told Al-Masry Al-Youm adding that all are being investigated.

“The company has never restored any archaeological site. All projects it had were to create modern construction at archaeological sites,” he added.

“Technically, the company and officials of the Supreme Council of Antiquities committed a full-fledged crime. New walls were built outside the pyramid as if the pyramid were a modern construction, which is opposite to international standards of restoration, which prevents adding more than 5 percent of construction to antiquities if necessary,” he added.

“Adding the modern construction is a large pressure on the decaying pyramid, which threatens catastrophe,” Gamal said.

The pyramid, which is more than 4,600 years old, was first built by the ancient Egyptians and was constructed from limestone for Pharaoh Joser, who ruled from 2686–2613 BC.

Six unequal steps form the pyramid, which is 62 meters high. Inside, the pyramid has a network of corridors and a granite and marble burial chamber.

In October 2012, the ministry said the restoration of the pyramid was stopped due to inability to pay for dues of the company in charge of restoration, before being resumed again.

FONTE | SOURCE:

— Activists: Unqualified company tasked with restoration of Egypt’s oldest pyramid, EGYPTIAN INDEPENDENT (31|08|2014).

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/activists-unqualified-company-tasked-restoration-egypt-s-oldest-pyramid

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