Skip to comments.Archaeologist Warns Tomb Raiding Rife in Asia
Posted on 04/26/2005 12:32:38 AM PDT by nickcarraway
The head of the global body of archaeologists says the theft of sacred and historical artefacts is a huge problem in Asia.
Claire Smith, an Adelaide-based academic, says this weekend's return of the second part an ancient Ethiopian obelisk, looted by the Italians in the 1930s, highlights the importance of restoring lost history.
Dr Smith, head of the World Archaeological Congress, says Asia suffers particularly from looting.
"It is a big problem in Asia and you can see objects in Asia, say, Buddhas that have had their heads chopped off, and the heads are stolen, and I think things like returning this obelisk is part of educating people that these things should be with the cultures that originally made them, understood in context, like the Buddha without the head, how can you understand that?" she said.
"The story it tells is a story of destruction, and looting."
This person is like, head of World Archaeological Congress? Like wow, like, can you understand the context of that? can you like, get your head around that? Like a buddah without a head, can you like, understand that?
This is a HUGE problem. Iran (and all of what is considered "Mesapotamia") is very rich in archaeological history. Unfortunately, for years and years due to a corrupt government (yeah, I know, what am I talking about, there is no corruption in the government of Islam...geez *rolling eyes*) much of the national treasures there have been dug up and sold off to private collectors...citizens regularly loot sites there. It's a huge problem.
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"Thanks rdl6989. Tried to find a topic on the Taliban's destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues using Google but didn't find anything specific."
Now that computer technology has advance so much.....it has become harder to find both sides of an issue......years ago you use to be able to get a Bio now it is more like a resume....
Try Dan Rather bio and what do you get?????
It seems like only the left agenda is reveal positive and the everything else is losted.....or just the negative on the right!
I wonder if only Lexus Nexus (sp)you can get all sides....but the common man can't aford LN!
Of all these report you gather.....but how accurate are they an is for someone else agenda......
I love the subjects but get really disappointed that it seems agenda driven.....
My advice is to put in your library as many copies of history books before 1940 be it secular or religious, Great Works, 1911 Britannica encyclopedia, Philosophy before those things were/are edit or revised...
Maybe someone who has the ability will make these things availible on CD or what ever new storage method!
Taliban toiled for a month to topple ancient Buddhas
Bamiyan Buddha found on my personal home page...MyYahoo.com
The guy makes his living writing books on dangerous places.
Any way, talking with the then-Taliban leader, the "reason" for the destruction of the Buddhas was to show the
Western aid providers that "stone statues are nothing compared to the needs of the people".
Obviously, their culture didn't keep up with the intended use of a soccer stadium, let alone "modern" aid in the form
of vacinations, etc.
Google isn't what it used to be, I don't know why. I used to love Google.
even worse, in an ancient rome history class we were told that about 50% of the marble was burnt to make lime, also a good portion of it found its way into St Peter's Cathedral
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