Arguing over Artifacts


This week, we’ve been reporting on Dr. Zahi Hawass’ mission to convince museums around the world to return Egyptian artifacts to the country.

A UNESCO (the United Nation’s cultural agency) policy says that if a country can prove that something was stolen, it should be returned. But others argue that some countries are not equipped to properly maintain and care for important items, let alone provide a place for them to be displayed.. Egypt in particular has been questioned, especially after the fall of the government there earlier this year. Egypt says it has created a special police force with the goal of protecting the important objects that are still in the country and anything else that might be returned in the future.

We want to know what you think. Vote in the poll, leave a comment or upload a video (if you have a webcam) with your thoughts on the controversy. If you’d like us to use your opinion on the show, make sure to include your first name, age, and state.



What it is: An ancient Egyptian slab with a decree from King Ptolemy V inscribed in it in three separate languages. Because it has the same text in three languages, it served as an initial key to understanding hieroglyphs.

Where it is now: The stone is the most popular item in The British Museum.


What it is: An Egyptian bas-relief taken from the ceiling of a chapel dedicated to Osiris, an Egyptian God. It depicts the astrological signs of Taurus and Libra and some feel it represents a map of the ancient sky.

Where it is now: Paris' Louvre Museum.


What it is: A painted limestone bust of the son of a Ankhhaf, who was the son of the Pharaoh Khafre

Where it is now: The Museum of Fine Arts Boston


What it is: A seated statue of Ramses II with feet on top of nine bows representing the foreign powers that once subjugated the Egyptians.

Where it is now: The Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy.


What it is: A statue of Hemiunu, believed to be the architect of The Great Pyramid of Giza and the son of Prince Nefermaat.

Where it is now: The Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Germany.


What it is: A painted limestone bust of Nefertiti, believed to have been created by Thutmose around 1345 BC.

Where it is now: The Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany.

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