Egypt: Looting Past and Present
During the recent social and political turbulence in Egypt, the Western media breathlessly reported that two mummies had been damaged by looters who attempted to break into the famous Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Apparently someone forget to tell reporters that in the nineteenth century, when European looting of Ancient Egypt was at its apex, mummies were burned as fuel in Egyptian steam-engine trains because they provided a cheaper source of energy than coal.
An Egyptian mummy: I can’t think of a more egregious and uncouth desecration of the human body than the public display of mummified bodies, so gawkers and rubberneckers can mutter to themselves, “Better him than me.”
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