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Saturday, January 29, 2011

An Update on the Egyptian Museum

The History Blog has another update on the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The two mummies destroyed are only described as Pharaonic which hopefully refers the pre-Greco-Roman time period. It's tragic that any mummies have been destroyed, but I sincerely hope the vandalism didn't involve Pharaohs from the mummy room- that would put Hatshepsut, her father, brother, Seti I, Ramesses II, and many more Egyptian big-names on the list of possible victims.

I'm horrified that there's been some destruction at the hands of looters, but thankful it appears to be contained, at least for now. I'm also relieved to hear of the tanks protecting the Luxor Museum and hope the army grants Zahi Hawass' request to protect the other vulnerable museums and sites around Egypt.


Jemi Fraser said...

I hope that's the end of the looting. I don't understand looters - I get trying to improve your country and its situation, but I don't see how looting is going to help anyone!

Svea ~Muse in the Fog said...

Oh that would be devastating to have such Pharaohs vandalized! Of course it is a shame to have any of them treated so poorly. Thanks for the update. Hopefully this is close to being over.

Mason Canyon said...

It would be such a tragedy for the pharaohs and other treasurers to have survived so many years only to be destroyed by looters. Thanks for the update.

Thoughts in Progress

Amalia T. said...

fingers crossed.

WritingNut said...

It's absolutely terrible... I hope this is close to being over as well. It's heartbreaking :(

VR Barkowski said...

Looting banks and stores is one thing, odious, yes, but on a whole different level than looting cultural treasures. If the rumors are true that the looters are thugs backed by Mubarak, meant to turn opinion against the protest movement - well, that is beyond my comprehension. I can't bear to think about it.