Monday, January 26, 2015
Apologist: Tut Mask Botch Job No Big Deal
Archaeo-blogger Paul Barford has now taken on the role of apologist for the Egyptian Military Dictatorship and its cultural bureaucracy. It's no surprise that Barford relies mainly on official Egyptian and Chinese sources for the claim that irreparable damage to the iconic Tut Gold Mummy Mask is "no big deal" despite reports the soft gold mask was also scratched in the debacle. And Egypt is a democracy. And the restoration of the Step Pyramid was performed to the highest standards. And looting in the aftermath of the military takeover was caused by "cultural racketeers," not mobs angry that "their president" was overthrown. Such are the fictions that become "fact" in dictatorships like those in Egypt and China. So, why is Barford so willing to take Egyptian claims at face value and why are his own fellow archaeo-bloggers so willing to remain silent about the matter? Is it really about conservation or control and continued access to digs in Egypt?