Egyptian Museum under threat by looters

The current unrest in Egypt poses significant danger to priceless artifacts in its most important museum.

The Egyptian army secured Cairo’s famed antiquities museum early Saturday, protecting thousands of priceless artifacts, including the gold mask of King Tutankhamun, from looters.

The greatest threat to the Egyptian Museum, which draws millions of tourists a year, first appeared to come from the fire engulfing the ruling party headquarters next door on Friday night, set ablaze by anti-government protesters.

Then dozens of would-be thieves started entering the grounds surrounding the museum, climbing over the metal fence or jumping inside from trees lining the sidewalk outside.

At some point, rioters managed to break into one area of the museum and destroy two ancient mummies. Thankfully, the rest of the museum was protected by fast-acting citizens and eventually the Egyptian military. The full story is here.

We remember how the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad was thoroughly plundered by looters in 2003. Many of those treasures from thousands of years ago are still missing.

Let us pray that the turmoil in Egypt and elsewhere results in peace and a greater good.

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About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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One Response to Egyptian Museum under threat by looters

  1. Brian Small says:

    I was afraid something like this would happen. It seems that protests like this begin to result in meaningless actions and an excuse for people to act like thugs and engage in destructive behavior. It is a fantastic museum and it would be a shame if the antiquities there were damaged or stolen.

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