On January 28, the Egyptian Museum was raided. Looters broke into the museum amidst turmoil caused by the country’s explosive political climate. According to BBC, “70 artifacts were knocked over or damaged” and 18 items disappeared.
Recent events, like the uprisings in Egypt and upheaval in Greece, demonstrate that these two nations are currently too politically and socially tumultuous to house the historic artifacts. The British Museum keeps these precious, ancient objects far more secure than they would be in their original countries. However, without the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles, Egypt and Greece are deprived of a massive amount of tourism revenue. It is imperative that the UK provide the appropriate reparations to these nations because it has undoubtedly collected profits from the displaced antiquities.
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