Totally unreplaceable. Trading antiquities is the upcoming monetary system between the elites.
Originally posted by backinblack
reply to post by Stormdancer777
I've never seen a good word said about him and many times I have seen him called a liar..
Why would I believe him now?
Maybe he is leaving, with all the treasures and secrets..
Who knows better than him ???
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
Q: Dr. Hawass, for many years you have been the image of modern Egyptology. Why are you leaving now?
A: “I am leaving because of a variety of important reasons. The first reason is that, during the Revolution of January 25th, the Egyptian Army protected our heritage sites and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. However, in the last 10 days the army has left these posts because it has other tasks to do. The group now in charge of the protection of these sites is the Tourist Police, but there are no Tourist Police to do this either. Therefore, what happens? Egyptian criminals, thieves (you know, in every revolution bad people always appear…), have begun to destroy tombs. They damaged the tomb of Hetep-ka at Saqqara, the tomb of Petah-Shepses at Abu Sir and the tomb of a person called Em-pi at Giza. They attacked a storage magazine at Saqqara and we do not yet know how many artifacts are missing; they opened two storage magazines at Giza; one tomb dated to the 19th Dynasty, the only one in the Delta in fact, was damaged at Ismaïlia; and a store at El-Qantara East has been broken into and looted for antiquities. People have begun to build houses and to excavate at night, everywhere, putting heritage sites all over the country at risk. I had to write a report and I sent it to the Director of UNESCO. That is why at the meeting of the Egyptian cabinet yesterday I had my speech prepared already and I said: “I cannot stay in Egypt and see antiquities being stolen when I cannot do anything to stop it!” This situation is not for me! I have always fought to return stolen artifacts to Egypt. I did fight Ahmed Ezz as well, the man in the Parliament, who was the most powerful man, because he wanted to allow antiquities to be sold in Egypt again.
Originally posted by sirjunlegun
I feel for him...this man's life work is gutted which I am sure it is how he must feel. He specialized. What is he gonna go study now. Side Note...I wonder if Obama picked out anything for his collection when ever he was there recently? "Boys, I saw this little statue that looked like me. I would like to have that to admire."
Originally posted by Kryties
reply to post by Skyfloating
I meant to mention that in a previous post but got a little carried away celebrating his departure
The looting of precious antiquities is atrocious. The only solace I take from it is that perhaps a small percentage of them will be looted by people that intend on preserving them from other looters. Or maybe that's too much to hope :/