***UPDATE: I see Jim has a piece up on this. Apparently, the Cairo museum has already been looted. Priceless antiquities were smashed. This is sad.
While of course the loss of life is what concerns us the most, the uprisings also threaten one of the most important collections of ancient artifacts on the planet. Will King Tut's treasures be lost for good?
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities -- also known as the Egyptian Museum and the National Museum -- was reported to be under threat from nearby blazes burning in the center of Cairo as a result of the ongoing political demonstrations against the government of Hosni Mubarak, Al-Jazeera reported.
With an estimated 120,000 artifacts in its collection, the museum is arguably one of the world's most impressive destinations for Egyptologists and tourists alike. Though the museum lacks the polish of the British Museum or New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the quality and breadth of its artifacts are second to none.
The piece continues here with a helpful run-down (including video) of some of the most important artifacts in the museum.