Thursday, March 03, 2011

Self Promoting Historical Obstructionist May Be Gone

Egyptian Antiquities Chief Resigns

"Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s powerful and controversial antiquities chief, resigned on Thursday along with the prime minister, after posting on his Web site for the first time a list of dozens of sites that have been looted since the beginning of the uprising that led to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.

Reached by telephone, Mr. Hawass said he was happy that he had made the “right decision” in resigning and lashed out at colleagues who have criticized him, including one who has accused him of smuggling antiquities.

Among the places Mr. Hawass named as having been looted were the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s storerooms at its excavation site in Dahshur, south of Cairo. In a statement the Met’s director, Thomas P. Campbell, described that incident as having taken place several weeks ago.

Mr. Campbell expressed alarm about continuing looting, calling it “a grave and tragic emergency.” In a statement, which was issued before Mr. Hawass’s resignation was confirmed, he said:

“The world cannot sit by and permit unchecked anarchy to jeopardize the cultural heritage of one of the world’s oldest, greatest and most inspiring civilizations. We echo the voices of all concerned citizens of the globe in imploring Egypt’s new government authorities, in building the nation’s future, to protect its precious past. Action needs to be taken immediately.”

Hawass always had a political agenda as his main goal, rather than scientific veracity. Good riddance, if it's true.


Anonymous Nz said...

a list of dozens of sites that have been looted...

Of course we cannot believe that a person of such credible integrity and renowned cultural respect as Mr. Hawass would be responsible for the loss of such valuable antiquities himself.

It would be smart to follow the guy after his resignation to see where he goes and what he does, but chances are he'll buy the kind of security he needs to get conveniently lost for some time.

4/3/11 3:26 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

I guess for a couple of decades this man has been the face of historical coverup, so his payoff will be enormous.

4/3/11 4:41 PM  

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