Ministry of State of Antiquities

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Arab Republic of Egypt
Ministry of Antiquities
Coat of arms of Egypt (Official).svg
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Egypt Egypt
Headquarters Zamalek, Cairo
Agency executive
  • Khaled El-Anany, Minister
Child agency
  • Antiquities Repatriation
Website Official website

The Ministry of Antiquities is the Egyptian government organization which serves to protect and preserve the heritage and ancient history of Egypt.


It was formed from the Supreme Council of Antiquities in 2011[1] during the reign of President Hosni Mubarak to deal with the security and theft of Egyptian antiquities.

Over the years, thousands of stolen antiquities have made their way back to Egypt. In late 2016, the ministry recovered and repatriated two of four lamps, from the Islamic era, which had been stolen in 2015.[2]


Duties and Goals[edit]

The current minister, Khaled El-Anany, stated his primary focus will be on solving the budget deficit of the ministry, given that shelved projects are only awaiting funding.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Brief History of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA): 1858 to present". SCA Egypt. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  2. ^ El-Aref, Nevine (15 December 2016). "Egypt antiquities ministry receives two stolen Islamic-era lamps from UAE". ahram online. 
  3. ^ Egyptology: Zahi Hawass confirms resignation, Dan Vergano, USA Today, March 5, 2011
  4. ^ Hawass loyalists call for him to stay on, Nevine El Aref ,Ahram Online, March 6, 2011
  5. ^ Why Dr. Hawass Resigned Archived 2014-12-02 at the Wayback Machine., Zahi Hawass blog, March 6, 2011
  6. ^ "BREAKING: New government swears in". Cairo Post. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Egypt's new Cabinet: What changed and what didn't?". Mada Masr. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Who's who: Meet Egypt's 10 new ministers in Sherif Ismail's cabinet". Ahram Online. March 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ El-Aref, Nevine (23 Mar 2016). "New Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany vows to tackle budget gaps: Interview". ahram online. 

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