Egypt Recovers Statue of King Tut's Father Lost During Protests
Zahi Hawass, Egypt's minister of antiquities, said the 2.8-inch-long statue of Akhenaten was found in garbage near Tahrir Square, the focal point of the protests, The New York Times and Reuters reported.
"We are going to look inside all the garbage that they collected from Tahrir Square to find the rest of the objects," Hawass said.
Last week, Hawass said that 18 objects were missing from the museum following the unrest. The museum was broken into Jan. 28.
Akhenaten came to the throne around 1353 B.C. He is famed for trying to abandon the traditional Egyptian gods and focus worship on the sun disk Aten. Recent tests done on DNA taken from mummies established that Akhenaten was the father of the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun, better known to us as King Tut.
Other objects that have been recovered include a statuette of the nobleman Yuya as well as the goddess from a statute of a goddess carrying Tutankhamun, the Times said.
Hawass rejected calls that he resign over the treatment of Egyptian antiquities.
"I cannot leave my job for some kids in the street," Hawass said. "If I feel one day that I'm not doing something good for my country, I will resign."