Friday, September 09, 2005

Surprise delivery

Zahi Hawass's occasional Dig Days column in the Al Ahram Weeekly online publication this week deals with the return of an engraving dating to the New Kingdom, by an individual who returned it on behalf of his receently deceased friend: " When his friend was inside one of the tombs in the Valley of Kings he found this piece of inscribed alabaster, and simply picked it up and hid it inside his jacket. His friend spent the rest of his life feeling guilty about taking the fragment, and before he died he gave it to Graves, who duly sent it to me. I am very happy that he took the honourable way out, and I hope it encourages others to return artefacts they may have acquired. The fragment is now being registered in the Egyptian Museum".

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