Brazil’s National Museum destroyed in inferno, millions of artifacts gone forever


Wikipedia is fighting to preserve the memories of the 20 million artifacts lost in Sunday's Brazilian museum fire.

She digressed, however, confirming that the entire Egyptology collection was destroyed and that "it could be ten percent, it could be 15, it could be 20 (percent)" of the items that escaped the fire.

In an age when major European museums can put up lavishly funded satellites in diversified continents, the woes of the Nationwide Museum provide a reminder that many extra countries are dwelling to equally wondrous treasures but lack the sources to safeguard them - and to lend a hand their populations cherish their significance. "What happened isn't just regrettable, it's devastating, and politicians are responsible for it".

Museum spokesman Marcio Martins noted that the collection contains hundreds of skulls, and all material would first need to be examined by the Federal Police, who are investigating the still-unknown cause of the fire.

However, Brazil's federal government on September 4, defended its funding of Rio's federal university, accusing the institution of failing to pass on money to the museum. But protesters, commentators and museum directors themselves said years of government neglect had left the museum so underfunded that its staff had turn to crowdfunding sites to open exhibitions.

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Luiz Fernando Dias Duarte, the museum's deputy director, criticized authorities for starving the museum of vital funding while spending lavishly on stadiums to host the World Cup in 2014. The Nationwide Museum, the finest of its variety in Latin The USA, is an artifact of history itself.

There have been no injuries reported after an enormous fire gutted Rio de Janeiro's National Museum on Sunday, but the toll was still vast. Aerial photos of the main building showed only heaps of rubble and ashes in the parts of the building where the roof collapsed.

"The loss of the collection of the National Museum is incalculable", he said. The building was once home to the royal family, and the museum's collection included pieces that belonged to them.

After a massive fire swept the National Museum of Brazil, a giant meteorite is one of the few artifacts to remain intact. Initial investigation into the fire found that the building had no fire suppression, no sprinkler systemandwas rarely ever maintained.

Many have linked this lack of finances to austerity measures made by Temer's government which have taken effect since he assumed the presidency in 2016, following the impeachment of ex-President Dilma Rousseff.

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The fire has been a wakeup call for cultural institutions around the world.

"This fire is what Brazilian politicians are doing to the people", said Rosana Hollanda, a 35-year-old high school history teacher, who was crying.

Signs of disrepair were evident: The fencing was dilapidated, stonework was cracked and lawns appeared untended.

This year, the museum was preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its founding. This year was on track to include an increase from last year. Tellingly, at one point the museum had to crowdfund money to fix the base of one of its dinosaur fossils.

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