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I am in shock and disbelief at some of the posters who say 'no big deal' and 'who cares?'
According to a few different sources, the beard was broken off when they were trying to change the lighting in its' display case. Apparently the mask fell forward, somebody rushed to grab it, and the beard snapped when the mask hit this person's chest. Thank god they were quick to react, because it sounds like if that person hadn't been there, it would have fallen face first to the floor, and who knows how much more damage it could have sustained.
originally posted by: Chrisfishenstein
a reply to: AdmireTheDistance
Who effing cares? People make mistakes and I am sure curators make mistakes also from time to time. It is there to see, not anything else! So what it is glued, it still is cool to look at either way....I don't see any big deal here, maybe if it was personally owned and the owner was trying to sell it...But it is just an artifact for people to view, so what if there is epoxy on it? I guess I don't see a big deal but others might...It's not like the beard was removed and stolen, it is all there! Oh well, still cool to see if it has epoxy on it or not
originally posted by: Spider879
a reply to: Chrisfishenstein
If some one tore the shroud of Turin or plaster over the finger of god pointing to man or dropped the crystal skull it would equally be newsworthy,it's just one of those things one put alot of care and effort in during repairs,moving or cleaning it is part of our common heritage.
...now if it was a malicious act, you know like the two guys who went to trial over damaging the pyramid, that would be one thing.
originally posted by: AdmireTheDistance
It's quite obvious, from reading some of the replies, which of you were never archaeology students.
"World's single most important and iconic archaeological artifact? Bah. Who cares? They can make another one..."
I don't understand that sort of mentality at all, and I don't think I ever will...
originally posted by: hounddoghowlie
a reply to: MysterX
regardless of motive, or outcome of their theory they didn't have permission. therefore in my view and the eyes of the world in was a malicious act, and their country germany saw it as vandalism and so did egypt . they were seen as hobbyist, and not real archeologists / egyptologist.
plain and simple