9 Jan 2011

Egypt concerned at state of NY monument

11:33 am on 9 January 2011

The head of Egyptian antiquities says if the authorities in New York City do not take proper care of a famous obelisk in Central Park, he will take steps to have it returned to Egypt.

The BBC reports that in a letter to the New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, Zahi Hawass suggested that in recent photographs, the artefact looked severely weathered.

The obelisk, known as Cleopatra's Needle, is about 3500 years old.

It has been in New York since 1880.