Sunday, May 29, 2011

Oh my my, Dr. Zahi Hawass throwing another hissy fit...

See post from yesterday about infrared satellite images being used to great advantage to discover future archaeological dig sites in Egypt.

Egypt’s Hawass says BBC broke regulations
May 29th, 2011 | By Desmond Shephard
Bikyamasr Blog

[Excerpted] CAIRO: Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass wrote on his official blog that the BBC had broken government regulations on the reporting of the discovery of 17 previously unknown pyramids and thousands of tombs via satellite.

“According to Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) regulations, it is prohibited for anyone to announce a discovery before notifying and obtaining the approval of the Ministry first,” he wrote.

“This procedure is in place to ensure that any discoveries people want to announce are real and have been officially verified. If every mission authorized to carry out work in Egypt was allowed to announce things without them being checked first, there could potentially be lots of false claims made all the time,” Hawass added.

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