• Posted:Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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Historians should head to Paris quick smart

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Historians should head to Paris quick smart
If you fancy yourself to be a bit of an Indiana Jones-esque character (which, naturally, I do - whip, cool hat and all) and you've booked yourself a holiday to stay in a Paris hostel in the next few weeks expressly to see some of the archaeological artefacts displayed in the Louvre Museum, then you may want to get your act together a bit quicker.

I've made the discovery (thanks to the BBC) that historical treasure hunters from Egypt are heading to Paris to reclaim five ancient fresco pieces that were stolen in the 80s from a tomb in the Valley of the Kings. It all seems a little bit Last Crusade to me (although that's no bad thing) but apparently the head of the supreme council of antiquities Zahi Hawass has had a bit of a barney with several museums around the world, trying to recover lost relics.

It would appear that Mr Hawass's dispute with the Louvre regarding Pharaonic steles - which are thought to have been removed from the walls of a 3,200-year-old tomb - have led to all ties being severed with the French gallery. The steles are to be returned on November 20th so if you want to see them, get in there quick.

To be fair to Mr Hawass, it must be quite annoying to find that opportunistic thieves have been desecrating his country's rich history by smuggling objects out, particularly as thousands are thought to have been taken out of Egypt since colonial times.

Don't worry overly if you get to the Louvre too late to see these pieces of the past. The museum still has lots of other nice things to look at, all of which are equally as impressive, including lots of Renaissance paintings that will be exhibited until April 2010.

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