Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid is on the Brink of Destruction by the Restoration Company
One of the oldest pyramid in Northern Egypt is being demolished by a company hired to restore it, according to local news agencies.
Sakkara, a town in Northern Egypt, which speaks for the ancient civilization and contains some of the oldest pyramids created by human beings, is standing on the brink of losing its historical significance, thanks to a company which was originally hired to ‘restore’ it.
Hired by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, the said company has essentially committed a crime by fabricating the 4,600 years old historical structure.
Egypt Independent has reported that the country’s preservation laws demand that while ‘restoration’, any new construction must not exceed five per cent of the preserved structure. Clearly defying these laws, the said company created a number of new walls and structures which consequently exceeded the limits imposed by the laws.
The officials have also revealed that the said company has not worked on any ‘restoration’ project before which raises questions about its as well as, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities’ credibility.
While this may not appear to be worth all the fuss to some, several activists are of opinion that this whole procedure of ‘restoration’ is leading towards the demolition of the structure – which is most certainly unacceptable!
According to Gizmodo, a major earthquake shattered the whole region back in 1992, which almost destroyed the pyramid and created a large hole at the top of it. Furthermore, Peter James, an archaeologist stated that the structure was standing on the brink of collapse.
As a way of preserving the building, Peter James’ restoration company also put in support for the top dome and planned on installing supporting rods to further strengthen the structure – which obviously never happened due to the shortage of funding:
The internally-reinforced PVC product can be inflated with air and then filled with water. It was this product that was used to support the inverted dome of stone.
Now, after all those years, the company which was assigned the task of restoring the structure by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has never worked on a successful project before, let alone a ‘restoration’ project. While some may blame the Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities department for their negligence and not looking after the company’s credentials, a lawyer is blaming the company who reportedly has demolished one portion of the structure already.
The authorities need to address the issue as soon as possible and reinstate the structure to its former glory unless they want it completely wiped out from the surface of history.
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