Skip to comments.Unchecked looting guts Egypt's heritage, with one ancient site '70 percent gone'
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.
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All proceeds,no doubt,destined for financing worldwide jihad.Including in Syria.
Egyptologist risks life, career to expose looting
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Oh, those crazy mooselimbs.
Man you gotta love that religion of peace.
Coming soon to a country near you.
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.
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.
“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.
Obama’s fault. He toppled Mubarak and handed Egypt to the Brotherhood.
They tried to blame the assassination of Sadat on the Copts but everyone knew it was the MB.
Obama has empowered a bunch of lawless barbarians.
Death and Destruction. The Muslim way.
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.
Savagery is as savagery does.
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.
The pyramids will be destroyed soon.
But museums were raided:
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.