Art: Threatened Temples

From Cairo last week came new evidence that ancient temples of the Nile Valley are threatened with ruin. The threat comes not from war but from the measured plans of peace. Diverted by the elaborate network of dams and canals developed early in this century by the British to irrigate parched cottonfields, the waters of the Nile have been gradually washing away the foundations of some of Egypt's most famous monuments.

In the ancient city of Abydos, the great Temple of Seti I, finished in the reign of Rameses II (1324-1258 B.C.), is settling into the soft subsoil while cracks in its...

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