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Unchecked looting guts Egypt's heritage, with one ancient site '70 percent gone'
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, June 15, 2013 | Betsy Hiel

Posted on 06/17/2013 4:36:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Salima Ikram, an expert in tombs and mummification who heads the Egyptology unit at American University in Cairo, gasps in horror in her home while examining Tribune-Review photographs of the site.

"These scattered remains … brutally pulled apart in search of one shiny piece of metal," Ikram says in disgust...

The Tribune-Review first reported in February that the looting had become a free-for-all after a 2011 revolution toppled one government and introduced continuing turmoil.

The tomb raiding threatens some of Egypt's -- and the world's -- most revered and valuable heritage sites, many of which have never been properly studied or catalogued, experts say. A few experts privately accuse the Muslim Brotherhood-led government of President Mohamed Mors[i] of ignoring the threat.

Some Islamist religious leaders have contributed to the frenzy by ordering "pagan" antiquities to be destroyed, or issuing directives on the "correct" Islamic way to loot them.

Police and local authorities insist they are overwhelmed by lawlessness and outgunned by criminal gangs with heavy weapons smuggled from Libya.

Meanwhile, the threatened heritage is a low priority for many Egyptians beset by daily electrical outages, fuel shortages, higher food prices, rising street crime and political instability.

For others, that heritage is a chance to cash in. Looted objects are sold in dirt-poor villages near sites such as Abu Sir al Malaq; others go to wealthy collectors, particularly in the United States, Europe, Japan and the Middle East, experts say.

(Excerpt) Read more at triblive.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: egypt; godsgravesglyphs
Unchecked looting guts Egypts heritage, with one ancient site 70 percent gone

1 posted on 06/17/2013 4:36:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

All proceeds,no doubt,destined for financing worldwide jihad.Including in Syria.


2 posted on 06/17/2013 4:39:02 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: NormsRevenge; Eric in the Ozarks; FourtySeven

Egyptologist risks life, career to expose looting
http://triblive.com/news/editorspicks/4198483-74/hanna-heritage-archaeological#axzz2WOpKtbQa


3 posted on 06/17/2013 4:39:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


4 posted on 06/17/2013 4:39:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh, those crazy mooselimbs.


5 posted on 06/17/2013 4:40:52 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: SunkenCiv
Some Islamist religious leaders have contributed to the frenzy by ordering "pagan" antiquities to be destroyed, or issuing directives on the "correct" Islamic way to loot them.

Man you gotta love that religion of peace.
Coming soon to a country near you.

6 posted on 06/17/2013 4:42:40 PM PDT by YankeeReb (Freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, when one prevails the other dies.)
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To: BipolarBob; Gay State Conservative; YankeeReb

There’s a bit of spin in the article to push the blame off on non-Egyptians, and the haves-vs-havenots crap, besides that flicker of honesty about the fact that it’s Egyptian muzzies doing it. The Morsi regime will find a way to blame this on the Copts.


7 posted on 06/17/2013 4:50:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The only reason why there are any ancient artifacts in Egypt is that they were buried under the sand while the Muslims in charge. If they didn’t loot them, they would have gone out of their way to destroy them, at Allah’s command.

Unfortunately, the Brits and French and other Westerners came in the nineteenth century and started digging all that stuff up. Now that it’s been uncovered from its safe hiding places, in due course, the Muslims will destroy it all.


8 posted on 06/17/2013 4:55:53 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Meanwhile, the threatened heritage is a low priority for many Egyptians beset by daily electrical outages, fuel shortages, higher food prices, rising street crime and political instability.”

I had a conversation with a Buddhist monk a couple of years ago. Muslims he felt were only interested in the commercial value of artifacts that do not directly relate to Islam if they can make money off them. At the heart of Buddhism is the concept of continuity past to present. The radical Muslims will destroy anything not related to the profit.

Coexistence is impossible with the warrior religion.


9 posted on 06/17/2013 4:56:59 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: SunkenCiv

Obama’s fault. He toppled Mubarak and handed Egypt to the Brotherhood.


10 posted on 06/17/2013 5:01:52 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SunkenCiv

They tried to blame the assassination of Sadat on the Copts but everyone knew it was the MB.


11 posted on 06/17/2013 5:03:09 PM PDT by bigheadfred (barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Arab Spring". This is what happens when you go for the buzz and excitement without thinking about consequences.

Obama has empowered a bunch of lawless barbarians.

12 posted on 06/17/2013 5:03:41 PM PDT by hopespringseternal
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To: SunkenCiv

13 posted on 06/17/2013 5:04:49 PM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: SunkenCiv

Death and Destruction. The Muslim way.


14 posted on 06/17/2013 5:16:54 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looting is over-demonized. Frankly, there is no value in leaving relics buried.

The article isn’t talking about museums being raided, but mounds of dirt being dug up.


15 posted on 06/17/2013 5:20:41 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: SunkenCiv

Savagery is as savagery does.


16 posted on 06/17/2013 5:31:41 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Some of the more radical Imams have talked about blowing up the pyramids at Giza and destroying other antiquities because they (the Imams) consider them pagan relics and offensive to the moon god, Allah (PBUH).

There has been talk the more loony members of the Muslim Brotherhood may sabotage Egypt’s tourist industry. If that happens, the Egyptians will really have problems. Tourism is one of the major drivers of their economy.


17 posted on 06/17/2013 5:32:14 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: SunkenCiv

The pyramids will be destroyed soon.


18 posted on 06/17/2013 6:06:37 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: Southack

But museums were raided:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12442863


19 posted on 06/17/2013 7:27:57 PM PDT by paltz
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To: MasterGunner01

They have already damaged Egypt’s tourist industry. It is way down I hear. Probably won’t get many tour buses of dollar bearing tourists when US folks know that Western women such as news correspondents are being raped in public.


20 posted on 06/17/2013 8:02:05 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: SunkenCiv

We all saw this coming with the Bamster put the Muslim Brotherhood in power. The religion of pieces does this every chance they get.


21 posted on 06/17/2013 8:29:07 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SunkenCiv

Somehow this will be blamed on the US and Israel.


22 posted on 06/17/2013 10:05:40 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: wildbill
One thing for certain, the stupid Egyptians will destroy their tourist industry. The resulting monetary losses, job losses, and poverty will devastate a large sector of the already damaged Egyptian economy. The Muslims will blame...wait for it...the evil Jews! Yes, it was an international Jewish-Zionist conspiracy that devastated Egypt and caused all this turmoil. The Egyptians will never associate the stupidity of their actions with what has happened because it is all the fault of the Zionists. Somewhere, also, the Americans will be blamed.
23 posted on 06/17/2013 11:28:08 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: SunkenCiv
The tomb raiding threatens some of Egypt's -- and the world's -- most revered and valuable heritage sites, many of which have never been properly studied or catalogued...

Most revered? Hardly.
The attention it has gotten is the result of its curiosity. Sort of like studying gorillas, ancient worms, or ant colonies.

Meanwhile, the threatened heritage is a low priority for many Egyptians beset by daily electrical outages, fuel shortages, higher food prices, rising street crime and political instability.

No need to repeat the obvious. After the fall of the Greeks and the introduction of islam, even the term "culture" is mostly charity.

To me, if the natives don't revere their own history and heritage, why should I?
All that is known about the culture has been the result of interest by foreigners. And paid for by foreigners. And we, Western Civilization continue to pour money into an area that from my perspective has contributed curiosity entertainment, and little else to make my life richer, or better in any way.

24 posted on 06/18/2013 1:03:02 AM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: SunkenCiv

< sigh > Lovely.


25 posted on 06/18/2013 5:19:47 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: SunkenCiv

Same thing happened in Iraq. Gee, maybe it wasn’t America’s fault after all?


26 posted on 06/19/2013 2:54:04 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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