Among the oldest civilizations of the world, Egypt has always been culturally rich and has the heritage to demonstrate it. Preserving Egypt’s past is a Herculean task. All Pharaonic, Hellenistic, Christian, and Islamic monuments are the responsibility of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture. Protecting the tombs, ruins, and monuments is difficult in any circumstance but is made especially hard by the social and demographic pressures prevailing in Egypt. Apart from natural threats (erosion and rising water levels), the public at large also shows a lack of concern for its own heritage, despite the pride most Egyptians have from their past. Most people are simply preoccupied with daily survival.
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