Egyptologist Bob Brier Offers Expert Opinion on Looting at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y. -- Dr. Bob Brier, senior research fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, was interviewed by Kate Snow of “NBC Nightly News” on January 30, 2011 and by Mary Snow of CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” on January 31 about looting at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum and the likelihood of repair of destroyed statutes, mummies and wooden artifacts. Dr. Brier also appeared on the “TODAY” show; on “The Madeleine Brand Show” on NPR-affiliate Southern California Radio on January 31 and the CDC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) on February 1.
“It is obviously a tragedy when ancient artifacts are damaged and destroyed,” said Dr. Brier. “I know for sure that at least two objects from Tutankhamen's tomb were damaged during the break-in at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. My specialty is mummies, and a colleague just sent me photos of two mummies that were also vandalized during the looting. As horrible as all this is, the Egyptians will overcome it. On the staff of the Egyptian Museum is Nadia Lokma, one of the best experts on wood conservation in the world. For her master’s thesis she restored Tutankhamen's chariot, a project that took years. I guarantee you, she is already planning how to restore the broken Tutankhamen objects to their former glory.”
Dr. Bob Brier is one of the world's foremost experts on mummies. He was the first person in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver using the exact techniques of the ancient Egyptians. In 1996, his research and subsequent book, "The Murder of Tutankhamen," presented his theory that King Tut, the boy king, was murdered in 1336 B.C. by his Prime Minister named Aye.
He has worked in pyramids and tombs in 15 countries and is the host of award-winning television specials for TLC, including the series "Pyramids, Mummies & Tombs" and "Mummy Detective."
He is the author of several scholarly books, including “The Daily Life of The Ancient Egyptians, ” “The Murder of Tutankhamen,” “Egyptian Mummies: Unraveling the Secrets of an Ancient Art,” “Ancient Egyptian Magic” and “Encyclopedia of Mummies.” His latest book, “The Secret of the Great Pyramid,” was published in September 2008.
He taught philosophy and Egyptology at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University for 33 years before being appointed Senior Research Fellow in 2004.
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