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Egypt: Looting Past and Present

February 1, 2011
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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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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jace permalink
    June 12, 2011 2:00 pm

    what is he look like? was he/she killed in that position… wow! interesting

    • June 12, 2011 3:05 pm

      That’s a good question. Bodies were mummifed always in a stretched-out position. Why this one appears to be in a fetal position makes it unusual. I really don’t know anything more about this example.

      • May 1, 2015 12:35 pm

        are there others like this about egpt ?

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