From Egyptology News:
Thanks very much to the U.S. graduate student who sent me links to the following minor controversy which blew up at a Chicago media preview:”A major U.S. sponsor of a traveling exhibit of Egyptian King Tutankhamen artifacts has been criticized for keeping a sarcophagus in its headquarters.
The incident happened Wednesday at Chicago`s Field Museum during a media preview of ‘Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs,’ which opens to the public Friday.
During remarks from one of the show`s national sponsors, Randy Mehrberg, executive vice president of Chicago-based Exelon Corp., said he was standing in for CEO John Rowe, and that Rowe was such a fan of antiquities, he had a 2,600-year-old sarcophagus in his office.
‘I don`t think this is right,’ Hawass said.
‘An artifact like this is not supposed to be in an office or a home, but in a museum.
How can he sponsor an exhibit like King Tut and keep an artifact like this in his office?’
An Exelon spokeswoman told the Tribune the sarcophagus ‘is something John owns personally and it was acquired in a legal manner.’ “
This controversy may in itself be minor (and won by Hawass and the museum).
White wine in King Tutankhamen’s grave: here.
- Satellite Images Provide Blueprint for Ancient Egypt (history.com)
- Fit for a King: Largest Egyptian Sarcophagus Identified (livescience.com)
- Was King Tut Buried in a Hurry? (history.com)
- On This Day In 1922, Archaeologists Enter King Tut’s Tomb (rememberinghistory.wordpress.com)