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Egypt pulls a Geraldo: Opening tombs to generate publicity and spur tourism

Excerpt from Boston Globe

Jul 30, 2012 4:10 pm

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It goes without saying that opening millennia-old tombs isn’t sustainable. Here’s hoping that Egypt’s tourism officials will focus on long-term solutions to their current tourism problems.

— Jason Clampet

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Egypt’s tourism industry has been battered since last year’s revolution, but here, beside the pyramids of Giza, officials are trying to attract the visitors back.

The tomb of Meresankh, whose name means lover of life, will be opened to the public for the first time in nearly 25 years later this year, and five tombs of high priests — buried under the desert sands for decades — also will be opened.

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