Cultural Heritage Should Never Fall Victim to Mob Violence

Egyptian Museum

the Cairo Museum

For any reason.  What’s the point of destroying antiquities other than to demonstrate the unrighteousness of one’s actions?   I’ve been to the Cairo museum a number of times and never have made it around to everything.  The place is massive and simply stuffed to the brim with fascinating and beautiful artifacts.  It’s incomprehensible to me that anyone would even consider disturbing the smallest object.

Looters broke into the Cairo museum housing the world’s greatest collection of Pharaonic treasures, smashing several statues and damaging two mummies, while police battled anti-government protesters on the streets.  Arabiya television showed soldiers, armed and in battle fatigues, patrolling the museum that houses tens of thousands of objects in its galleries and storerooms, including most of the King Tutankhamen collection. Display cases were shattered and several broken statues and porcelain figures lay on the floor.  A number of display cases appeared to have been emptied of some of their contents during Friday night’s break-in.  Egypt’s top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, told state television Egyptians on the street had tried to protect the building, but that the looters had entered from above. Two mummies on display had been damaged.  “I felt deeply sorry…when I came this morning to the Egyptian Museum and found that some had tried to raid the museum by force last night,” Hawass, chairman of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said.

Violence and destruction always seem to follow close on the heels of any human endeavor: even the most noble.  But only because people are basically bad (i.e., are totally depraved and incapable of good unaided by the grace of God).

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2 thoughts on “Cultural Heritage Should Never Fall Victim to Mob Violence

  1. Michael Barber 30 Jan 2011 at 12:09 am

    I just did a post on the danger posed to antiquities in Egypt and then I come over here and see you have already put something up on it. Great minds think a like, I guess.

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  2. Robert Deutsch 30 Jan 2011 at 1:13 am

    Thanks Goddess Isis, Nefertiti is safe in Berlin.

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