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© Amir Makar / AFP The former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities is currently campaigning so that treasures of the time, currently exposed in Europe, be returned to Egypt as soon as possible. Several archaeologists want in particular to recover the rosette stone which has made it possible to decipher the hieroglyphs.
Rosette stone flows happy days at British Museum but Egyptian archaeologists rumble. The latter want to recover this Treasure of The Egyptian Antiquity which allowed us to decipher the hieroglyphs. An campaign is currently in preparation in Cairo, led by the former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass.
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with 700 kilos on the scale, the rosette stone is also heavy with symbol for this archaeologist: "September 27 We will celebrate the 200 years of deciphering Rosette stone and the whole world will celebrate this anniversary. Let it be at the British Museum is enough! It must return to Egypt , it is an icon of our identity Egyptian and its place must be at the great Cairo museum, "he claims.
A petition launched at the end of October
The restitution of this stele would only be the first stone of the combat of Zahi Hawass. He also wishes the arrival, in the collections of the great Egyptian museum of Cairo, of the bust of Nefertiti , sitting in Berlin and the bas-relief of the Denderah zodiac, exhibited in the Louvre . Antiquities that have been stolen from Egypt according to him. "These are imperialist practices! I call it imperialism," he denounces.
A petition will be launched at the end of October. At that time, the group of archaeologists is expected to launch discussions with the three European museums. Coincidentally, this request comes when the great Egyptian museum in Cairo soon opens its doors and the Louvre has been affected for several months by an antiquity traffic scandal.
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