"This is a thoroughly revised edition of The Rape of the Nile - Brian Fagan's classic account of the cavalcade of archaeologists, thieves, and sightseers who have flocked to the Nile Valley since ancient times. Long considered a benchmark in narrative archaeology, this edition updates the saga with new accounts of stunning recent discoveries - including the Royal Tombs of Tanis, the Valley of Golden Mummies at Bahariya, the Tomb of the Sons of Ramses, and the sunken city of Alexandria (whose lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World). Fagan concludes with an assessment of the impact of modern mass tourism on archaeological sites and artifacts."--BOOK JACKET.
Lots of people think the issue of antiquities theft and ownership begins and ends with the Elgin Marbles but this book makes clear both the scale of Egyptian losses and the long history of conflict over the issue. Heck, walk around Rome, or The Met, or the Getty and you see a small sliver of the spoils.