NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 09, 1978
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(Studio) Report on Luxor (Egypt) antiquities.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Luxor, Egypt) Historical basis of Egyptian superstition noted; Valley of Kings tombs listed. [James MANNING - cites Problems of decaying artifacts, and trying to halt destruction.] Irrigation provided by Aswan Dam cited as possible cause of rapid decay; details noted. Ramses III mortuary temple cited as example of destruction occurring; destruction outlined and specified. American team's evacuation of Temple of Goddess Nut noted; James Manning quoted with regard to importance of find. Length of project cited. [James MANNING - destruction of monuments comparable to losing all of Renaissance Italy.] Possible loss of Thebes noted.
REPORTER: John Dancy