- Feb 2013
- Coastal Florida
To be fair, a part Flinders Petrie [who substantially begun to develop the modern standards of Egyptology] and a few other researchers, early Egyptology was a world of pioneers and real raiders looking for something to sell to rich Europeans and Americans. With not a great national pride I can remind Giovanni Battista Belzoni who entered tombs and pyramids using explosive, to save time ... he was interested in what there was in a tomb, not in what they engraved on its walls ... so he destroyed them without a great concern.
This leaves room for alternative historians: not a few early explorers of Egypt hadn't academic preparation and they wrote some curious comments, expressing this or that persuasion, interpreting hieroglyphics in a not correct way ... usually these [today we say "not peer reviewed"] works are a nice base for the works of alternative historians who present these researchers as great Egyptologists [counting on the impact of the XIX century ... if they were Egyptologists in the XIX century they had to be great Egyptologists ... usually it's the other way round ...], basing their new reading of the past on their not proved assumptions.