Posted by: Johan Normark | January 31, 2011

Pharaonic Egypt under threat

The current political chaos in Egypt has sparked looting and destruction of the country’s Pharaonic remains. First the Egyptian museum in Cairo was ransacked and the museum in Memphis has been completely looted and both events were partially inside jobs (by security guards). The pyramids of Giza are being guarded but several of the other sites have suffered looting and destruction. The pyramids at Saqqara and the storage magazines at Abusir have been broken into. A Swedish archaeologist reports that temples and tombs in the Valley of the Kings have been destroyed. Since prisons are being emptied we can suspect that this looting will increase in the near future until some stability is established again. However, if this stability takes any form similar to the religious fundamentalism seen elsewhere I fear that the antiquities in Egypt will suffer even more. The fate of the Buddhas of Bamyan in Afghanistan 2001 is still too fresh in the minds of archaeologists.

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  1. This has been very sad to hear. My wife and I really wanted to visit Cairo, but it looks as if we’ll have to wait for sometime. At the very least, the Pyramids are at least being protected.

  2. I guess the pyramids will stand there for quite some time. Remember the Arabic proverb: “Man fears time, but time fears the pyramids.”


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