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July 30, 2003

No stone loan

The British Museum has decided quite sensibly not to loan the Rosetta Stone to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

British Museum officials said: "The trustees do not consent to the loan of what might be called "iconic" objects.

Zahi Hawass, grand poobah of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, has changed his tune, saying the Rosetta Stone:

"should be in Egypt's possession permanently, but I want to be realistic and I don't want to get into a fight with the British Museum".

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 30, 2003 10:53 AM


He probably had to run off and do some hat shopping prior to filming FOX's When Zahi finds mummies! TV special...

Posted by: Paul Jané at July 30, 2003 03:22 PM