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Egypt's Forgotten Treasures



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Found—and Lost
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

While curators considered what to include in the exhibit, a recumbent lion and two sphinxes emerged as candidates from the bowels of the museum—a vast, rarely entered labyrinth where tens of thousands of artifacts are stored. The sphinx on the left languished there for decades. "When I started my career, I excavated the most beautiful statues of Aphrodite," says Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. "They're in boxes in the basement now—and even I can't find them!"


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