hawass has resigned
- Zahi Hawass, Egypt's powerful and controversial antiquities chief,
resigned on Thursday along with the prime minister, afterposting on his
the first time a list of dozens of sites that have been looted since the
beginning of the uprising that led to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.
Reached by telephone, Mr. Hawass said he was happy that he had made the
"right decision" in resigning and lashed out at colleagues who have
criticized him, including one who has accused him of smuggling antiquities.
Among the places Mr. Hawass named as having been looted were the
Metropolitan Museum of Art's storerooms at its excavation site in
Dahshur, south of Cairo. In a statement the Met's director, Thomas P.
Campbell, described that incident as having taken place several weeks ago.
Jim West, ThD
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