Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Egypt's pit bull

Have to hand it to Zahi Hawass. He asked museum officials at a preview of the King Tut display to remove a corporate sponsor after learning the CEO owned an ancient Egyptian coffin. Hawass is Egypt’s pit bull of antiquities, censuring those who hoard ancient artifacts. He’s trying to get many artifacts returned because he believes they belong in museums, not in private homes. I agree as well. Go Dr. Hawass!

Got a fascinating book this week written by Theodore Davis on the discovery of Horemheb’s tomb in 1908. It details the opening of the tomb, the artifacts, and has sketches and photos. I’m toying with writing an Egyptian romance/mystery in that time period. Finding books like the one Davis wrote makes history come alive for me. And how cool is that?

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