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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Idea So Manhart (as a delegate of Unesco) expresses that he's pleased that 12 missing objects were retrieved and expresses his wishes that the others will be found as well.
This is now considered a bad thing by you guys????

Don't you think it's a pretty normal expression of support? What is he supposed to say?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul Barford's 'Portable Antiquity' page has new evidence on the Cairo Museum break-ins. The museum website seems to be down, by the way.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mechanical earth moving machinery is now being used along the sacred way in Abydos. I have seen two 1st/2nd dynasty style pots (the huge grain storage type) completely smashed and a third damaged at the rim in a massive excavation close to the front of the American mission house this week. Illegal digs continue all over the desert plain. The south of the plain has not faired well, mechanical diggers have been used there in the 18th dynasty area and walls and foundations have been left exposed and damaged through out the area.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So Kevin they are still looting, and not only that destroying ancient cites?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anneke wrote:
Idea So Manhart (as a delegate of Unesco) expresses that he's pleased that 12 missing objects were retrieved and expresses his wishes that the others will be found as well.
This is now considered a bad thing by you guys????

Don't you think it's a pretty normal expression of support? What is he supposed to say?


What I meant to say is that those involved should not focus too much on highlighting the few positive details but more on addressing the big problems and possible solutions.

So far the official policy has been to first cover up bad happenings and then, under public pressure, admit them little by little. This must stop. The article about the first day of the Unesco`s representatives visit does highlight the pleasant things such as the positive impression of the state of the Egyptian Museum and the twelve returned items. This is not bad in itself but makes me wonder if the Unesco will get to know the full unpleasant truth to be able to work out solutions.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More good news, of 5 more Egyptian Museum oieces recovered, here;
http://paul-barford.blogspot.com/2011/03/five-more-objects-are-back-to-egyptian.html
But 37 items, including the really important stuff, are still unaccounted for, so it's hard to feel 'very pleased'!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"We need a leader."
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/8737/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Another-call-for-Egypts-PM-to-save-antiquities.aspx
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope they get a decent leader soon.

And I also hope that he doesn`t wear a hat Smile
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