Friday, January 23, 2015
"It's a crime, it's really an art crime, it's insane.... It happened due to incompetence."
So says Egyptian archaeologist Monica Hanna about the botched repair job on King Tut's iconic gold mummy mask. But where are Hanna's Western colleagues on this? And how is it that the archaeological blogosphere, which goes into overdrive whenever there is a whiff of looting or other damage to Egyptian artifacts allegedly perpetrated at the behest of Western Museums or collectors, is strangely silent about the tragedy? This deafening silence again raises the question: Is it really about conservation or ensuring state control and continued access for professional archaeologists?