Tuesday, September 29, 2009

With "Friends" Like These....



I've been annoyed with the Supreme Council for Antiquities for a while over their decision to put a "protective" wall along the farms in our area so that people can't get out in the desert. Their argument is that they are protecting the safety of tourists (90% if whom are guests of local residents on sedate horseback rides in the desert) and the antiquities. So when I went out yesterday with some friends and took them to see a lovely little sarcophagus that has been laying undisturbed on the sand near the edge of the desert for lord knows how many centuries, only to find that it had been broken by a bulldozer or tractor that had been driven over it, I was, to say the least, a tad ticked off. Raving is probably a better word. So they build a wall to "protect" our antiquities and in the process destroy a local landmark that has been enjoyed for centuries...and none of us have ever damaged it.

8 comments:

brattcat said...

I'd be fuming too if I were you.

Jaz said...

Oh my goodness. They usually do destroy what they're trying to 'fix' because they don't plan or think well at all.

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

That's horrible! I was frustrated with many things in Egypt. I applaud you for putting up with it for so many years.

D said...

Travesty! Will someone fix it?

Kcalpesh said...

Sad to know! Can it not be fixed?

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Sharon said...

Such is the logic of the bureaucrats.

Dina said...

Such a shame. Sorry about that.

But even worse, our world heritage site Avdat, in the desert, was just severely vandalized ON PURPOSE.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1254756250252

Dina said...

That's frustratingly stupid.