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Does Egypt deserve to keep its archaeological treasures?

I remember some years ago about a man named Zahi Hawass (I hope I spelled his name correctly), an Egyptian archaeologist, an Egyptologist, Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. He was engaged into a crusade to bring back Egyptian antiquities which, according to him, had been stolen or illegally taken outside of Egypt, by Western colonist nations along the times.

Now, I believe that this is legitimate, these archeological treasures should remain the property of the land where they have been found. However, now I wonder...

Years ago, during the Arab Spring (a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests for more democracy in Muslim countries), museums were looted and burned, causing the irretrievable loss of many ancient objects. Since then, a perpetual instability reigns more than ever in this part of the world, with the rise of radical Islamism and terrorism.

Some weeks ago, this is at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, that cleaners damaged permanently the 3,300-year-old burial mask of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, fixing it with glue with not even bothering to practice a careful restoration!

I am sorry to say that, and this is not against Muslims or Eygptians, but I wonder if the UNESCO, for example, shouldn't take over and handle Egyptians antiquities and preserve them in more secure places where they could receive all the care they require. Because, yes, that's Egyptian's patrimony, but, it's also the patrimony of the whole Humanity and it must be preserved at all costs.

What are your thoughts?

BH

by: G-1087

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February 03, 2015
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I believe this also happened in Iraq, with their national museum all but destroyed. I also heard(but I could be wrong), that men came in and tagged some of the items! This would mean that there was some planning to take pieces and sell them to private buyers. I mean, there was a planning just before the shit hit the fan. Is this true?

by: Miss B.

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February 03, 2015
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Unfortunately there was a further illustration of what you said. It happened at the museum of Mosul in Iraq. Islamic State militants destroyed priceless artifacts which were thousands of years old! Real testimony of the time where middle east was the cradle of civilization...

Pablo (Spain)

by: PabloSP

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February 27, 2015
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