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Ancient Treasures Looted, Destroyed in Egypt's Chaos (Zahi Hawass interview)
NatGeo ^ | January 30, 2011 | David Braun

Posted on 01/30/2011 10:42:21 PM PST by pillut48

Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, reports that several of the country's museums have been attacked by looters taking advantage of the political turmoil in the country.

In the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, looters stole jewelry from the museum shop and smashed a statue of Tutankhamun and other artifacts. In a Sinai store containing antiquities from the Port Said Museum, "a large group, armed with guns and a truck, entered the store, opened the boxes in the magazine and took the precious objects. Other groups attempted to enter the Coptic Museum, Royal Jewellery Museum, National Museum of Alexandria, and El Manial Museum," Hawass, who is also a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, posted on his website.

"My heart is broken and my blood is boiling. I feel that everything I have done in the last nine years has been destroyed in one day," Hawass wrote.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.nationalgeographic.com ...


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I have always enjoyed Zahi Hawass' enthusiasm toward Egypt and archaeology...this "revolution" must be absolutely terrifying for him and others trying to protect Egypt's priceless artifacts! :-(
1 posted on 01/30/2011 10:42:24 PM PST by pillut48
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To: pillut48

Good thing the British Museum refuses to return its Egyptian artifacts.


2 posted on 01/30/2011 10:49:05 PM PST by SeeSharp
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To: pillut48

Hawass should have known this would happen eventually. Soon they will destroy everything in the Valley of the Kings.


3 posted on 01/30/2011 10:54:54 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: LukeL

Those freaks would blow up the Pyramids if they could....


4 posted on 01/30/2011 11:07:28 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: pillut48

Animals...nothing but animals.

What a loss to world history. Such a culture of death and destruction.


5 posted on 01/30/2011 11:17:47 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: SeeSharp

I thought they were ‘ordered’ to return the artifacts by one of their courts. ? Will have to run some research I suppose.


6 posted on 01/30/2011 11:19:20 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: pillut48
"[...}and smashed a statue of Tutankhamun [...]"

I am so thankful that I visited the King Tut exhibition which traveled around US about 4-5 years ago. It was, without doubt, one of the most amazing museum visit ever in my life. I am getting sick at the thought that these monsters are destroying these artifacts.

Reminds me of the communists in Russia, their libricide and their burning of so many masterpieces in the Tretyakov Gallery.

Beasts and savages, all of them...
7 posted on 01/30/2011 11:26:58 PM PST by Allthegoodusernamesaregone (Here I come to save the day! - Barack Obama, Jan. 14th 2011)
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To: Outlaw Woman

I think the scum aren’t even native Egyptians, but Arab Muslims who have bred like filthy rabbits and have displaced the authentic population. What a miserable loss and mess, all because of the filthy Muslims. Since when have such filth ever appreciated anything other than bombs?


8 posted on 01/30/2011 11:27:30 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

Perfect description: scum...bred like filthy rabbits...

They are spreading like a cancer aren’t they? Their history consists of destroying and stealing. You’re right, they are filth and they speak a filthy pig latin language which is an assault on civilized ears.


10 posted on 01/30/2011 11:31:31 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: pillut48

Muslims and civilization. Obviously incompatible.


11 posted on 01/30/2011 11:33:01 PM PST by Ronin ("Dismantle the TSA and send the screeners back to Wal-Mart.")
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To: Outlaw Woman

Yes, they are spreading like cancer, a perfect description. Thye bring nothing but rot wherever they settle. So many nations being destroyed because they brought their filthy ways with them. Jews assimilate and bring civlization and culture, Christians bring civilization and culture, Buddhists and Sikhs bring civilization and culture, but this filthy race of scum bring nothing but chaos and misery and destruction. Everything Hitler ranted about the JEws being, the Muslims are.


12 posted on 01/30/2011 11:34:26 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Ronin

Always have been, always will be.


13 posted on 01/30/2011 11:34:49 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru
The Middle East has many deserts because they spent thousands of years stoning each other - which left large areas of sand.

Now they want to escape that torrid zone by violently taking over the rest of the green planet. Except now they have nuclear weapons.

(That is like half true)

14 posted on 01/30/2011 11:37:56 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Parasites, the lot of them.


15 posted on 01/30/2011 11:46:37 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

spot on


16 posted on 01/30/2011 11:52:40 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: pillut48

Hawass may have to worry soon about losing his own head more than the mummies losing theirs.


17 posted on 01/30/2011 11:55:43 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Niuhuru

So sad. The ancient Buddhist relics of Afghanistan, the long and noble culture of Persia, and now the majesty and glory of ancient Egypt — all despoiled and desecrated by the tantrums and greed of inbred bigoted ignorant savages.

What makes it even more appalling is the way these savages are coddled and excused by so called “intelligent” and “compassionate” liberals.

Disgusting.


18 posted on 01/31/2011 12:02:23 AM PST by Ronin ("Dismantle the TSA and send the screeners back to Wal-Mart.")
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To: Outlaw Woman

I keep getting the inkling that if Mubarak is thrown off, it may well end up being for the better. Mubarak has been running a country as a dictatorship, against a people that don’t need ot be dictated to. He’s kept the country in a ‘state of emergency’ when it didn’t need ot be for so long that it’s likely that the people are FED UP and are on the rampage as a result. It’s like how we’ve been here in the US, only we voted the liberal scum out and caused shock to them. We didn’t riot though.


19 posted on 01/31/2011 12:03:01 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: pillut48

The Taliban routinely blows up statues in Afghanistan whenever they can cobble together enough explosives and volunteers to come out into Predator sites.

The Muslim Brotherhood feels the same way about the infidel monuments of ancient Egypt...


20 posted on 01/31/2011 12:04:05 AM PST 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: Ronin

“So sad. The ancient Buddhist relics of Afghanistan, the long and noble culture of Persia, and now the majesty and glory of ancient Egypt — all despoiled and desecrated by the tantrums and greed of inbred bigoted ignorant savages.”

I remember hearing about the destruction of the magnificent statues in Afghanistan and it made me puke. Sooner or later they’ll start destroying France more aggresively and then the French may end up ironically leading the charge.


21 posted on 01/31/2011 12:04:27 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Southack

If they are destroyed, maybe it’ll finally WAKE UP the rest of the complacent world. China will be next, then India, and then of course Britain will start to get more aggressively trashed. Filthy scum won’t stop until we are all illiterates with no art.


22 posted on 01/31/2011 12:05:41 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: pillut48

Unfortunatly you’ll always end up with some young enterprising capitalist to take advantage of the situation.


23 posted on 01/31/2011 12:07:25 AM PST by Tempest (I put money ahead of people)
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To: Niuhuru

That’s all well and good and if this was to obtain true freedom/liberty, then it wouldn’t be of concern but it would appear that the barbarians have hijacked the movement. They could end up like Iran or worse (if that’s even possible). The criminals are being set free in droves as well. What kind of prisoners are they? criminal action or political? In any case, it sounds like the muslims/islamic fascists are attempting to co-opt this; that is very bad news. According to the Drudge Report this evening, the anger is beginning to be directed at us and Israel (of course). We know who is behind that.


24 posted on 01/31/2011 12:21:30 AM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: Allthegoodusernamesaregone
I am very sorry now that I missed that exhibition. It's sickening that these treasures may be lost to the world forever.
25 posted on 01/31/2011 12:23:52 AM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: pillut48
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26 posted on 01/31/2011 12:27:07 AM PST by bushpilot1
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To: pillut48
I think we saw this one coming.
27 posted on 01/31/2011 12:56:40 AM PST by rondog88
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To: bushpilot1; windcliff

Is that The Stinx?


28 posted on 01/31/2011 1:07:41 AM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Niuhuru
As soon as 0bama’s muslim astronauts get to the moon they can start to rape and pillage there.
29 posted on 01/31/2011 1:44:54 AM PST by TYVets
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To: Frank_2001

Those freaks would blow up the Pyramids if they could....

They will simpily continue the time honored Egyptian tradition of using the stones for other builkdings. A new palace for the Caliphate, for instance.


30 posted on 01/31/2011 3:56:24 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: Outlaw Woman
Their history consists of destroying and stealing.

Time honored muslim cultural tradition, is all. Whatever they destroy in Egypt during the coming days, is like nothing to what they destroyed when Islam first swept across North African, Persia, and the Middle East.

What we have left today are only the dregs they missed the first time around, or were discovered later and kept for tourist revenue.

The coming Umma has no use for the past, only the road to gaining universal access to Paradise matters to them.

31 posted on 01/31/2011 4:04:25 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: pillut48
Yeah this is the same Hawass who last week spoke of the utmost importance to bring all Egyptian antiquities back to Cairo.

What a tool.

32 posted on 01/31/2011 4:06:27 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: Niuhuru

After Mubarak, the deluge.

Egyptians will look back fondly on “the good old days” under Mubarak...


33 posted on 01/31/2011 4:07:13 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: pillut48

These stupid filthy animals have punished Egypt for the sin of taking money from tourists wanting to see the only thing Egypt has to offer the world.

They will now have to go back to living in tents and ******* camels for amusement, waiting for Allah’s blessing of virgins in the afterlife.


34 posted on 01/31/2011 4:09:54 AM PST by Fresh Wind (TOTUS knows how to give a speech. Obama knows how to read.)
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To: Niuhuru
I think the scum aren’t even native Egyptians, but Arab Muslims who have bred like filthy rabbits and have displaced the authentic population

I think disease carrying filthy rats are a better analogy. The disease being violence, hatred, and destruction. What is happening now, has much parallel to what happened to Rome in about 400 a.d. Except his time insert western culture and civilization.

35 posted on 01/31/2011 4:15:55 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: Ronin

Amen....they are TOTAL Animals and cannot govern themselves...they NEED a Dictator....sadly.


36 posted on 01/31/2011 5:21:35 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: pillut48

Why would anyone expect moslems to do anything else?


37 posted on 01/31/2011 5:49:44 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: SeeSharp
If it wasn't for the British, Egypt wouldn't have any antiquities left. They would have all been looted from the tombs and sold at the flea markets. It was the Brits who put them in museums and gave them value to begin with. Stupid Egyptians!
38 posted on 01/31/2011 5:58:08 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Frank_2001

I believe one of the moslem rulers of Egypt tried to destroy the pyramids centuries ago. they gave up after removing some of the blocks.

I wonder why the civilized nations allow such truly important world treasures, such as King Tut’s treasures to remain in such unstable countries like ALL the moslem ones.

They would be much safer in America, Britain, or other European countries, until they are taken over by the moslem mobs.


39 posted on 01/31/2011 6:54:51 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I visited GEN TOMMY FRANKS Military Museum in HOBART, OKLAHOMA! Well worth it!)
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To: PIF

*** is like nothing to what they destroyed when Islam first swept across North African, Persia, and the Middle East.***

Years ago, there was a thread on FR about how the Great Library at Alexandria was destroyed. While blamed on Christians, this thread showed it was actually the moslems who destroyed the Library’s book collections.


40 posted on 01/31/2011 7:01:06 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I visited GEN TOMMY FRANKS Military Museum in HOBART, OKLAHOMA! Well worth it!)
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To: bushpilot1

Is that the Sphinxter?


41 posted on 01/31/2011 7:55:17 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: pillut48
"I have always enjoyed Zahi Hawass' enthusiasm toward Egypt and archaeology...this "revolution" must be absolutely terrifying for him and others trying to protect Egypt's priceless artifacts! :-("

I've always thought that Hawass was a pompous jackwagon who felt that he .. and only he .. had personal ownership over all artifacts in Egypt and that only his interpretation of Egyptian history was valid. I made a special effort to avoid watching any history program which featured him as a primary narrator or interpreter.

For too many years, he had his way with antiquities interpretation, defending his interpretations and talking about how only Egypt .. and, by extension, he .. could safeguard those antiquities, and demanding return to Egypt of all "stolen" artifacts. I hope the rabble burns down all of the museums in Egypt so they can sit around and groove on the rubble of Islam after it's all destroyed.

42 posted on 01/31/2011 8:02:48 AM PST by BlueLancer (Nuke Austin from orbit .... it's the only way to be sure.)
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To: Ditter

Um, just a memory from an art class I took long ago BUT didn’t the British used to import mummies for ‘mummy unwrapping parties’, and use them ground up for paint pigments? I also seem to remember mummies being used for firewood...


43 posted on 01/31/2011 11:46:14 AM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: pillut48

I remember mummy wrappings being used for something but can’t remember what it was.


44 posted on 01/31/2011 4:01:34 PM PST by Ditter
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45 posted on 01/31/2011 6:52:53 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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They were ground up into powder also used for quack health cures, IIRC.


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