Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, March 11, 2011

The looting in Abydos is reportedly getting worse, with a local source saying today on the Egyptian Dreams forum:

Now I am finding plastered and decorated tomb chambers opened and destroyed, (beautiful geometric designs in monochrome as well as multi colour) smashed grave pots and dismembered mummies intermingle with segments of plaster laying scattered and discarded over the sands. I have made inquiries and the southern section of the plain has suffered just as badly as the Northern section.
More on Egyptian Dreams forum


Anonymous said...

Kate what you have described sounds more like sheer vandalism than looting

Marianne Luban said...

I have nothing to add except to lament the destruction. On a more positive note, however, I hope Kate will allow me to sneak in something that may be of interest to some here. "oocities" seems to be reviving more and more pages from my defunct website, which include my mummy portraits. My impressions of two oft-discussed persons here are Queen Tiye or the EL

and this one I can vouch less for due to it being only a skull--the KV55 individual

I do my portraits by using very thin paper to trace over the dimensions of the actual mummified heads or skulls [although I don't like to do anything from a mere skull] and then using ancient portraits to restore what has shriveled. If anyone is interested in seeing my portrait of another mummified face, you can ask with Kate's permission.

Kate Phizackerley said...

@Marianne, can I suggest you do a draft guest post to advertise that material and I will post it for you, that will get much more exposure than a comment.

Re Abydos, the looters only want high value items, jewels, shabtis, maybe coffins. Everything else is smashed and discarded.

Marianne Luban said...

Hi, Kate--I have nothing more to say for now than the part that starts with "oocities". If you would like to copy and post that much for me I would be obliged.


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