Brazil's Oldest Museum Consumed by Fire

  • September 03, 2018 13:38

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Screenshot from YouTube of the fire at Brazil's National Museum on Sept. 2, 2018.
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A massive fire ripped through Brazil's oldest museum on Sunday night, possibly destroying some 20 million artifacts.

The 200-year-old Museu Nacional (National Museum) housed natural history collections including fossils and indigenous artifacts found in Brazil as well as antiquities from Egypt and Greco-Roman times. A 12,000-year-old skeleton of a woman known as "Luzia", the oldest ever discovered in the Americas, was also part of the collections.

Luiz Duarte, a museum vice-director, told TV Globo: “It is an unbearable catastrophe. It is 200 years of this country’s heritage. It is 200 years of memory. It is 200 years of science. It is 200 years of culture, of education.” 

A cause of the fire was not immediately known. Some critics blamed the government for not maintaining the museum.

Read more at The Guardian


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