Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Heritage of Egypt

I sometimes wonder if Dr. Hawass has any clues to what is reality. It seems he is still trying to pry out of Germany the bust of Nefertiti.

Germany has denied repeated Egyptian requests, insisting there was nothing illegal about the acquisition. It says the bust - unearthed in 1912 by German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt - was bought legally by the Prussian state, with documents to prove it.

Even as they recover four bronze statues stolen during the unrest. Small statue of Tutankhamun is still missing.

One statue of Osiris (37.5 cm tall) and one of Horus (18cm tall), are treasures that were missing from the Egyptian Museum, Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said.

And security around the antiquity depots remains very tenuous it looks like.

Forty armed men attacked an antiquities warehouse in the northern Egyptian city of Kafr el-Sheikh on Saturday, shooting at warehouse security men and injuring several, state news agency MENA said.

Footnote - in Turkey they are tearing down a statue. Prime Minister Erdogan calls it a "freak." So far one painter has been stabbed protesting the demolition. The statue was meant to promote reconcilliation between Armenia and Turkey over atrocities that happened during WWI.

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