Just Ancient Egypt

John B

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Mar 2016
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Canada
"The coffin was purchased by the Metropolitan Museum in New York through an antiquities trader who held a 1971 Egyptian export license. Shaaban Abdel Gawad, supervisor general of Egypt’s Antiquities Repatriation Department, said that investigations undertaken by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office lasted for around 20 months, during which Egypt submitted evidence of ownership and that the export license of the trader was fake. "

This another issue that many institutions are looking into know. Fake provenance of cultural item is a serious problem.
Egypt recovers gilded coffin from Metropolitan Museum - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online
 

Larrey

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Sep 2011
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We're lucky modern archeologists found anything .... and there's STILL stuff in tombs? After 1000's of yrs of looting? The sheer volume is unimaginable.
Actually the modern archaeologists themselves started out as robbers. And largely because early 19th c. Khedival Egypt was lawless when it came to antiquities. Which meant otoh local administrators themselves could do a brisk trade in selling stuff to the interested western Europeans.

In 1859 the Service d'Antiquités was founded, and what the Egyptian government did was effectively hire the biggest robber or them all, who also happened to be biggest and the most badass of the lot, the Bordelais Auguste Mariette. He had been digging the Serapeum at Saqqara for years, no shred of permits.

The early years of his tenure as director involved chasing down boats on the Nile, and boarding them cutlass in hand. ;)
 

John B

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Mar 2016
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Canada
Actually the modern archaeologists themselves started out as robbers. And largely because early 19th c. Khedival Egypt was lawless when it came to antiquities. Which meant otoh local administrators themselves could do a brisk trade in selling stuff to the interested western Europeans.

In 1859 the Service d'Antiquités was founded, and what the Egyptian government did was effectively hire the biggest robber or them all, who also happened to be biggest and the most badass of the lot, the Bordelais Auguste Mariette. He had been digging the Serapeum at Saqqara for years, no shred of permits.

The early years of his tenure as director involved chasing down boats on the Nile, and boarding them cutlass in hand. ;)
I am aware that much of the past was awful however in the modern age we should be able to cut off the had of those buying these items.
 

AlpinLuke

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Oct 2011
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Italy, Lago Maggiore

Corvidius

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Jul 2017
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Crows nest
The pickings are getting very thin for real new content out there. We could get Cladking back for entertainment. However some may have a stroke including myself.
But you could then take some therapeutic treatment by bathing in the hot springs under the Great Pyramid, but be careful to jump out before the geyser erupts...
 

specul8

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Oct 2016
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Australia
The pickings are getting very thin for real new content out there. We could get Cladking back for entertainment. However some may have a stroke including myself.
Where is Cladking ? I just made a ' move blocks up ramps ' post in Middle Eastern History forum .

Maybe he has disappeared under the weight of all this new evidence :D


We should not deny ramps ... they can be very useful