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Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s own Egyptologist affirmed Friday that the turmoil in Egypt prevented setting up protection for the museum of antiquities for which bands of looters managed to cart off important pieces.

Kathleen Martinez said the groups of looters which had formed amid the chaos even sacked the pyramids and that the upheaval in Egypt will also lead to the suspension of a global effort to return to that country its antiquities pilfered throughout the centuries.

She said groups of volunteer youngsters formed to help Zahi Hawass, director of the Supreme Council of the Antiques, defend the museum against the raiders at the start of the antigovernment protests, and revealed that the Antiquities Director already had plans to transfer it to a safer place. “There are pieces that have been lost probably forever.”

Interviewed by Huchi Lora and Patricia Solano on Telesistema, the researcher regretted the impact that the revolt will have on Egypt’s cultural legacy. “Now those pieces will start touring the world and very few people will know whether they are legal or pillaged.”

Martinez said the chaos has also forced the suspension of the entire excavation season, as her search for Cleopatra’s tomb won’t resume for now. “I will not resume the excavation until the safety of the personnel and of the pieces can be guaranteed.

She lauded Hawaas’ efforts to get the international community’s cooperation on the return of the stolen objects. “After a long judicial process, just as he was about to accomplish the return of the pieces, this happens.”

Asked about Egypt’s ability to protect its legacy, Martinez said that the presence of “radical” groups in that nation may hinder it. “I was excavating a site and a group of men approached me in an aggressive manner, and then the workers ran off and I was left all alone with them”

She said she handled the situation unscathed by managing to convince the group that she was working for the Government of their country.

Major finds

The archaeologist added that despite the uncertainty to resume her quest to find Cleopatra, her work has already yielded important finds, including a pharoah's tomb

“I know inside that I’m close to finding Cleopatra’s tomb,” the attorney-turned archaelogist said at an excavation site in November, 2009, when her team found a large statue dated 300 BC, which represents the pharaoh Ptolemy IV.

Related news:http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2010/5/4/35599/Egyptians-find-statue-in-zone-where-Dominican-archaeologist-seeks

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12 comment(s)
Written by: Yucahu, 4 Feb 2011 10:25 AM
From: United States, Miami
Go Kathleen, you make your country proud.
Written by: tunbagobierno, 4 Feb 2011 10:41 AM
From: United States
Kathleen,please be safe,you still have a lot great things to do.

This woman is one of the DR's best treasures.

So proud!
Written by: watcher48, 4 Feb 2011 11:02 AM
From: United States, Omnipresence
Well done.....!!

Now I can "Walk like an Eygptian"...or is that an "erection?".....

Sorry for the pun, I could not restrain myself.
Written by: danny00, 4 Feb 2011 1:37 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
archaeologist antiquities
yes she s one of a few that made it.
the sad part of this story is that most dominicans that live on the island have no idea what is a archaeologist is or what they do.
in egypt they protest for the lack of education, jobs,. they demand change.
they want a better future for their children .democracy means rule by the people. not by the elite few. these few keep the the marority of dominicans uneducated and illiterate. the way the schools are today in the dr. the children are on their way to menial occupations in their future., but it seems many have accepted th way things are now and continue to accept this as a way of life for them and their children.
Written by: riosm, 4 Feb 2011 3:51 PM
From: United States
Who's mummy's are they in the first place ?

Yes these are national treasures.

What holding the world hostage ?

If Egyptians want to loot, burn and destroy their Country, history while their Gov. & Army stands by and watches....so be it, one day soon they'll open their eyes and realize "stupid is stupid does".





Written by: curios1, 4 Feb 2011 9:54 PM
From: United States, right where im standin
im curios and always wonderd why its apropiate to raid tombs in egypt that i asume are graves. but anywhere else its grave robbing
Written by: riosm, 4 Feb 2011 10:25 PM
From: United States
Curios1,
Very well point made.

I wonder if some one would dig up Kathleen Martinez's great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grand Mother's grave for archeological study would she and others object ?

I think it's called desecration but I could be wrong.
Written by: dandy, 5 Feb 2011 2:06 PM
From: Dominican Republic
How do you find anything dated BC?
Written by: riosm, 5 Feb 2011 2:21 PM
From: United States

My mistake I missed it by at least 20 more "great great grand Mother's".
Written by: willmo, 5 Feb 2011 2:33 PM
From: Dominican Republic
What are her credentials? Nothing !!!. She is just a Dominican Government employee taking a good vacation at the expense of Dominican taxpayer.
Written by: riosm, 5 Feb 2011 2:41 PM
From: United States
LOL I'm an expert, I must of watched the mummy part 1 & 2 a least dozen times.
Written by: Veristhorne, 21 Aug 2011 1:47 PM
From: United States, Monterey Bay, Caliornia
Raiders of the Lost Arch....eology!
KM's a Treasure for DR & Egypt
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