Hidden aspects in stealing Egypt’s monuments

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Hussein Duqeil

Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/hidden-aspects-in-stealing-egypts-monuments/


An important issue has preoccupied Egyptian public opinion recently: namely the smuggling of ancient Egyptian monuments outside the country. In fact, when the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum displayed Egyptian artifacts during its opening in November, 2017, people were skeptical about the matter. This prompted me to seek out the dimensions of the issue, its origins and its implications.

The roots

The issue of stealing Egyptian antifacts is not a new phenomenon, but it is as old as the Egyptian monuments. In fact, this issue traces back to the days of the Pharaohs themselves; and has continued over the following centuries until the present time!!
It is surprising that there is a Pharaonic papyrus that dates back to the reign of Ramses IX (reigned 1129-1111 BC) which indicates the early looting of Egyptian antiquities in the country’s capital at that time, Thebes, at the hands of state officials!!…

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