Monday, 11 August 2014


The metal detectorists' darling "Cultural Property Obfuscator" today aims another nasty swipe at the Egyptians for daring to ask for help with a heritage problem. Now he's hitting out at the Egyptians for not publishing British excavations. In doing so the Washingtonian reveals not only his nasty xenophobism, but also the depth of his ignorance of the framework of this archaeology - which of course has never stopped him from commenting before. Not very observant of him and speaking volumes for his ability to verify facts before drawing conclusions.

UPDATE 12th August 2014
This blog is not a general archaeology blog, so it is not exactly me "being silent" as some jerk over in the US proclaims about "allegations contained in an Economist Magazine article" about the number of items and groups of items monographically published from KV62 (Tutankhamun) when that is a fact generally known. I refer those to whom that is news to Nicholas Reeves' (1990) popular study 'The Complete Tutankhamun: The King, the Tomb, the Royal Treasure'. It was published nearly quarter of a century ago by Thames and Hudson and is popular enough to get several reprints, but apparently its contents are unknown to some American would-be but blinkered commentators on the "current state of archaeology" who pick up imagined scandal from news-stand magazines. Again, a matter of checking facts before throwing out wild anti-archaeological obfuscations at the behest of antiquity dealers' associations.

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