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Egyptians rally to defend cultural heritage

Cross posted from Nature News As petrol bombs fly near the Egyptian Museum, citizens and army mobilize against looters. Declan Butler “I’m a little shaken. They are throwing Molotov cocktails towards the museum.” Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, who has spent the past 12 years working in Egypt, was speaking yesterday as the Al Jazeera TV news network showed live footage of running street battles around the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square in Cairo. “We are all nervous and scared, first and foremost for the people, but now the museum, a symbol of Egypt’s vast 

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