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MU professor, researcher charged with illegally taking artifacts:
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Archaeologists aim to unravel the mystery of the Rhynie Man:
Aztec skull trophy rack discovered at Mexico City’s Templo Mayor ruin site:
Dive team explores wreckage of Tuskegee Airman’s WWII plane:
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First Scandinavian farmers were far more advanced than we thought:
Thousand years old elite grave discovered in Sandomierz:
Archaeology: Ancient groups likely used fire as landscape tool :
Roman glass-making furnaces discovered in Egypt’s Delta:
Archaeologists Find Maimed Figurine of Roman God Mars in Ancient City Missionis near Bulgaria’s Targovishte:
Henry V’s Agincourt naval fleet much smaller than previously believed:
Underwater ‘Stonehenge’ Monolith Found Off Coast of Sicily:
Archeology students dig for 15th-century Iroquois artifacts;
Newcastle University student uncovers rare Roman jewellery at Maryport site :
Mystery Settlers Reached ‘Step to Americas’ Before Vikings:
Chimpanzees and Monkeys Have Entered the Stone Age:
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"It may be on sale on eBay": Museum appeals to Manchester public to help find stolen "knight in shining armour"
That will have made uncomfortable listening to the architect of the sale, the then Leader of Northampton Borough Council, David Mackintosh MP. Mr Mackintosh thought it would be easy money for the Council. Instead, as Mr el-Damaty’s comment shows, Northampton Borough Council created an intractable international cultural incident which has deeply angered the Egyptian Government and people, and profoundly embarrassed the UK Government and museum community in the international court of cultural opinion including at the International Council of Museums [ICOM] which is a consultant to the United Nations’ cultural body UNESCO .
Now David Cameron, Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond and Culture Secretary John Whittingdale have just a week to prevent what is already a situation which is deeply damaging to the reputation of the UK, becoming an indelible international symbol of how not to protect and conserve the common culture which is held on trust in our museums. This is why the Save Sekhemka Campaigns in the UK and in Egypt are issuing this joint statement to ask the UK Government to extend the Temporary Export Ban on the statue of Sekhemka for one year .
This breathing space is essential to allow the two Governments concerned, the United Kingdom and Egypt, to join together and work with the International Council of Museums (ICOM), UNESCO and the buyer of Sekhemka to resolve the serious outstanding legal questions surrounding the export sale and ownership of Sekhemka and to achieve an amicable and legally secure solution to the dilemma posed to the world by Mr Mackintosh and Northampton Borough Council.
Clearly this solution must be one which protects the rights of all concerned. However, it is equally important that any solution does not serve to encourage those who wish to loot, traffic and trade in irreplaceable antiquities as commodities for cash. Above all it must be a solution which retains this glorious example of Egyptian Art and Culture on permanent public display for the education of scholars and the enjoyment of the public.Written by Gunilla Loe
On behalf of the Save Sekhemka Action Groups in Egypt and Great Britain
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