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Egypt to Museums: Return Our Stolen Treasures

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Sharon Balloch (127)
Friday April 9, 2010, 2:35 pm

One of the first things done in war zones is to destroy museums.. so when there is peace in the middle east.. maybe it will be safe for people and treasure..lets not forget some of the dead sea scrolls were being used as shoes and had to be bought piece by piece..

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 4:23 am
Noted with thanks.

Terry B (649)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 5:09 am

Jenny Dooley (830)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 5:39 am
Noted, thanks.

. (0)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 6:47 am
So many museums fatten on Egypt's treasures. Some treasures were stolen and used abroad from my country too. Dirty!

Grazia B (1)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 12:49 pm
noted. This is despicable. Return it all Germany, England to Egypt!

Ahmad S (3)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 1:59 pm
Sure, We support the return of the Egyptian treasures

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 3:03 pm
Thanks Cal.

If ever there was a "can of worms" this is it.

(a) How on earth does one prove to everyone's satistaction who owns what?
(b) If one could do that would anyone act?

It seems fairly clear that the Rosetta Stone should be in Egypt, and the Elgin Marbles in Greece; those artifacts would then be in their original environment giving out more useful knowledge. I suspect that the French and the Brits are in no hurry ro return them.

Lil Judd (70)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 6:16 pm
The bust of Nefertiti is at a museum in Berlin

Obelisk in Paris

The Rosetta stone is at the museum in London

Just to mention a few.

These all belong to the Egyptian people & have all been stolen in wars by other countries.

It's one thing for the Egyptians to let other museums borrow them - but they belong to the Egyptian people.

Return Egypt's treasures & also Greek treasures.

pam w (139)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 7:18 pm
He wants to take back GIFTS?

Zahi Hawass is an ego-driven man, that's certain. Having treasures around the world stimulates interest, awe and love. He should leave them in place...not pick and choose which pieces he wants while making THREATS to other institutions of science.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 8:34 pm
Noted, thanks.

Bob E (113)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 5:11 am
The beautiful obelisk in Paris… perhaps should, could remain… It bridges Europe and the world with Egypt’s magnificent past. The Washington Monument in Washington D.C., although not an ancient obelisk, also symbolizes our ties with ancient Egypt. There are other obelisks in Egypt… There are so many objects of beauty and grandeur… Perhaps the obelisk could remain in Paris...

However... I think it is different for the Rosetta Stone and the bust of Nefertiti… These are one of a kind…

The Rosetta Stone was a breakthrough in science to understand ancient Egypt. There is no other… It is a historical landmark… I think it should be returned...

When we think about ancient Egypt we can think about at least 3 prominent Queen Pharaohs… Nefertiti, Hatshepsut and Cleopatra… But the bust of Nefertiti in Berlin is the most famous bust (by far) of any queen. Nothing is like it… It symbolizes ancient Egypt… It should be returned…

(Pam above) Zahi Hawass may be an ego-driven man but not unlike any other person in charge of a company or interest. He is trying to recover Egypt’s stolen artifacts of years past… You would do the same if you were in his shoes...

Marianna M. (6)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 8:01 am
yes belong to the egyption people but they are exposited in various countries to people who could never see them otherwise unless they travel there so whats the big fuss ...people admire those items and know it damn well that its not theirs.

. (0)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 8:11 am
I'm sure that Egyptian museums also contain works of art which were stolen from other cultures through war and theft at some point in time. Are they (and all other nations on earth) to return them to the current governments of the cultures from which they were originally taken?

Cultures don't 'own' art. It can be owned by an individual or a business entity but not a 'culture'.


. (0)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 9:05 am
Most antiquities were stolen and must be returned to the land of origin, be it Egypt, Greece or Italy. It was their people, their artists, who created these masterworks. We don't have a right to them.

Tamila F (3)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 10:33 am
They should be put back to their place of origin, but at what cost?

Deborah O (98)
Monday April 12, 2010, 6:57 pm
Let us not forget that Egypt had several corrupt rulers who had a habit of making gifts of antiquities to important individuals they wished to impress, whether it be foreign dignitaries or visiting celebrities. More than one curator of the Cairo museum was outraged when a tour of the museum ended with their august ruler presenting the visitor with an exhibit they especially admired. Add those incidents to the small armies of native tomb robbers and the local middlemen all to eager to funnel their finds onto the world market and suddenly it isn't just the bad foreigners all stealing from poor Egypt, but Egyptians stealing from other Egyptians as well. Let us not forget the expensive efforts of many nations which saved some of Egypt's irreplaceable history from the rising waters of the Aswan dam. Stolen antiquities--when proven to be stolen--should be returned when and where reasonable. But I would be loath to send fragile and irreplaceable history into strife torn areas of the world considering what has happened to museums in places like Iraq, considering what has happened to beautiful and ancient objects when fanatical imbeciles with guns decide that those objects are blasphemous. This problem is a lot more complicated than it appears at first, and there are many sides to this story.
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