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Chinese Tourist Damages 3000-Year-Old Temple in Luxor

Chinese Tourist Damages 3000-Year-Old Temple in Luxor

The carving reads "Ding Jinhao was here."
The carving reads “Ding Jinhao was here.”

A Chinese tourist damaged a 3,000-year-old site in Luxor causing outrage in China and Egypt after photographs taken by an embarrassed Chinese tourist were publicly shared on Chinese social media.

The tourist carved “Ding Jinhao was here,” while visiting Luxor in Egypt. Chinese social media and newspapers were quick to condemn and identify the offender, and the incident has attracted widespread criticism in China with headlines such as “China’s Tourist Shame.” The vandalist has reportedly been identified by Chinese internet users as a 15-year-old  middle-school student from Nanjing.

Shortly after the outrage, Ding Jinhao’s parents issued a statement to Chinese media.

“We want to apologize to the people of Egypt and to people across China,” said Ding’s mother.

According to Chinese bloggers, several tourists attempted to remove the markings themselves, resulting in the white smudge that appears in the photograph above.

In recent statements to the media, The Ministry of Antiquities confirmed earlier reports by Egyptian Streets that it is currently investigating the case. The Ministry also stated that the markings are superficial and can be easily removed to restore the temple wall to its original state.

The damage had remained unreported on Egyptian media until several days after the original photograph was posted on weibo and several hours after Egyptian Streets first wrote about it. Egyptians and non-Egyptians have expressed outrage at the damage, with many calling on Egyptian authorities to exercise greater efforts to ensure the protection of Egypt’s antiquities.

The incident highlights the lack of security and enforcement of rules that are meant to protect and preserve Egypt’s historic sites.

The Karnak and Luxor Temples as well as the Valley of the Kings are very popular with tourists, but concerns over safety have led to a sharp decline in tourists in recent months.

[This article was updated at 2:28AM, May 28th, 2013]

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  • Michael Hughes

    Shame on them, this is totally disgraceful. Tell me, how would the Chinese feel if we went and left our names on the Great Wall or the Terra Cotta Army?

  • My ancient Egyptian ancestors must be turning in their tombs. Its unfortunate that this Chinese boy could ever place his energy into defacing ancient African artifacts. He should have been placed in jail for at least 30 days, and his parents should’ve beat his butt on video for the world to see. That was not a slap on the wrist or timeout type of discipline. That was a despicable act. At the end of the day, he was a child and should be forgiven after his punishment. As to the repairs it seems ambiguous. One report says that they can fix it and others mention that they can’t even use water.

    Besides that I had no idea that China is the #1 international tourists. They spend over $100 billion dollars a year in traveling. That’s interesting! Check out my nonfiction books: “7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire”

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  • Nobodo

    This child could have been from anywhere. Just because one person from a particular country does something bad does not mean all the people in the country would do the same thing. So many of the racist comments here are absurd.

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  • I find this very sad.. We as Egyptians should put in more effort towards the maintenance and preservation of Egyptian artifacts.

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  • force all chinese tourist to pay for a guard guide… as they obviously cant handle themselves with respect towards others…
    also regarding all the hunting of endangered species ,like rhino shark and such , lets start hunting down their own pandas , their pelts are super comfy and are great for ass wiping…

    • LOL – and make all such guard guides learn to speak Mandarin? The Chinese only ‘lease’ out their pandas…so you might be confusing your ‘ass wiping’ experience with some other creature who had the bad fortune to have been skinned for your toileting needs. I prefer toilet paper myself. Much easier to find in the supermarket aisle!

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  • Reblogged this on The Drabble Writer's Table and commented:
    Coincidentally, and on the theme of my last post ‘art’ versus ‘graffiti’, I find the whole conversation around this single act by a Chinese student on an ancient Egyptian monument quite interesting! There are lots of values coming out in the commentary; from racism and suggestions of corporeal punishment; the balance of tourism advantages and risks; the sensitivities of religious practices vs. displaying the remains of other human beings (even if they are long dead); and the rise of China’s purchasing power in the tourism market coupled with the need for education and respect for other cultures being lost in the knee-jerk reactions is quite fascinating.
    – Alexandra

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  • Anonymous

    Only word come to my mine is “Chinese”, enough said.

  • Reblogged this on Mentalist! and commented:
    Like it’s the first time!

  • Anonymous

    Stupid is as stupid does…

  • that is so wrong for someone will do something like that wall mean so much to a lot people by damage a wall that is 3000 years old

  • That only shows how far from respect and knowing the heritage people are. With the same success the guy could’ve put his name on the Great Wall or any of the terracotta warriors.. So sad that a ‘student’ traveled all the way to Egypt to write down his name, but not to admire and learn..

    • saynow

      I saw the terracotta warriors last year. You can’t get near them.

  • Anna

    “Idiot” is the word that comes to mind. I have been there and it was a privilege to see, to deface such a beautiful piece of history is criminal.

  • Reblogged this on طبيب حر الى آخر العمر and commented:
    that’s how or treasures are being treated ,no apology enough his family must be prohibited from visiting Egypt lifetime,China must make it up,fix it and pay for the damages,no money’d compensate

    • Haitham

      Not just his family but all his nation must be banned to enter Egypt. and he must have been hanged and buried beside if he want’s his name to last would be nice on his grave! they hang people in china if they deal with drugs such as hash!! Honestly if i saw him i wouldn’t hesitate killing him!

      • …and that is how wars begin, Haitham. Let the man who did not make a mistake (especially in his teenage years) cast the first stone… yes, it was a pretty stupid thing to do. Not the smartest place to stick one’s ‘tag’ – but repairable by all accounts. Compared to fundamentalist treatment of the ancient Amiyam statues in Afghanistan….or the construction of the Aswan dam… or even Egypt’s strong domestic history of grave robbing through the ages…. I imagine that the international ‘loss of face’ the Chinese have suffered as a result of this report going viral will mean that the kid’s life, and that of his family, has already been irreparably compromised. Pretty hard for the boy’s family in an environment of state-dominated control and the one-child policy. Sure – make a call to ban all Chinese tourists from entering Egypt – that will only deny Egyptian businesses the ability to make money from the rising superpower that is China. Your response (and others like it) bear little resemblance to rationality! The power of forgiveness is still a pretty amazing thing. I recommend trying it.

        • ” make a call to ban all Chinese tourists from entering Egypt – that will only deny Egyptian businesses the ability to make money from the rising superpower that is China” >>what or which superpower !! well am a tourist guid worked all my life in tourism and believe me those kind of tourist doesn’t add any thing to Egypt except the piasters they pay for entrance of arcilogical sites or maybe the hotel they stay in which is already also nothing and they already start to flood in streets selling their product and even they reached to sell to bedwin on the north coast & in our western desert which even some egyptians never been there!! just to sell their stuff!! and tourist are acctually well known and chinies were never on tourist list so when they appeared that’s a result!! 2nd about wars starts wars never start caz banning some nation and i can list for u many countries banned the others such as last situation between Russia and america 🙂 and i really donno about afganestan and Aswan dam is not an antiq it’s just like 50 year old and who requested making it was the most stupied president of Egypt who destroyed Egypt acctualy and it was built by the sovit union so what they do in our talk!! but robbing of egyptian tombs across the ages yes! u say robbing domastic !! well most where english and french treasure hunters and robbers and even if!!if a robber will be caught he will be puneshed quite fine but not destroying such a pretty and beautifull art like that which we will have to see it like that infront of us all the time!! for what ! to just put his name!!! Reminds me with BELZONI- THE SHAMLESS MAN who wrote his name inside the pyramide but at list in empty place!! u recomend me to try the power of forgiveness???? 1 question FOR EX. DO U THINK IF A TEEN AGER EGYPTIAN GO TO CHINA WITH HASH IN HIS POCKET OR EVEN FIND IT THERE AND SMOKE AND HE WAS CAUGHT AND ARRESTED WILL THEY HAVE THIS POWER OF FORGIVNESS?>> firing squad / lethal injection !! but for us we can smoke in street it’s normal and the vistors can do so too and if some one caught they probably forgive him and live him go home ! but destroying and robbing our monuments that’s really horribole each one has his view!!
          and free in his opinion and country to ban or not ban PLEASE TRY TO BE FAIR IT’S AMAZING))) I RECOMMEND TRYING IT)) Thank You.

          • Hi Patrick – As a tourist guide your responses are somewhat confusing. You claim that tourists don’t ADD anything to Egypt – yet it is the source of your livelihood and many others too. You already have tourists paying for transport, accommodation, food, souvenirs and entrance to sites… What else is there TO DO? I got this list from a quick survey of general internet sites; Travel – by falouccas / air-conditioned cruises / hot air balloons / quad bikes / bicycles / camels / horses… Visit a papyrus factory….Look at modern art… Go stargazing… Eat – Lot’s of restaurants, a small number of wineries and cuisine cooking schools….Resorts – pools and some with golf courses. Some sports fishing tours.

            Unless you are prepared to research your market and develop some diversification into ‘experiences’ that you simply cannot get elsewhere, or can only obtain in an ‘egyptian’ way, it will be hard to compete with the many archaeological sites. If this is not about tapping into the global drawing power of your country’s spectacular history, how do you propose to divert money from elsewhere to achieve this?

            China as the rising superpower. Yes, the ascension of the ‘Asian Century’ is upon us and China & India are right up there. The cold war between the old USSR and the USA is history, and even the remains of the Berlin Wall (with all that graffiti on it) being torn down recently has caused concern that people might forget what it represented.

            Maybe Egypt’s tourism industry should be doing some deeper analysis of the increasing spending power of the Chinese middle class. Put it this way: If I was an endangered animal with body parts that are considered valuable to traditional Chinese medicine, I would be very worried about the survival of my species. They have BUYING power, and plenty of it! The Chinese have also worked out how to maximise the return on their ‘living national treasures’: all captive pandas (an extremely endangered species) are ‘leased’ by the Chinese government to zoos, with the foreign funds thus raised being used to fund preservation of wild panda populations within China.

            On today’s news I see that the very successful Bridge Climb company that operates on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia has put on extra Mandarin-speaking guides because of the huge growth in Chinese tourists. The Chinese don’t even have a word for ‘bridge-climb’ in Mandarin!

            Maybe if you don’t like tourists misbehaving when visiting your country, you should lease your moveable objects to other countries so that the tourists can stay at home…or get royalties from those countries that charge admissions to see their Egyptian relics (whether obtained by legal or illegal processes). Three years ago my visit to the Musee de Louvre in Paris was complemented by being able to get up close to the Egyptian artifacts and sculptural works. Did I feel more comfortable as a solo western woman travelling with a child in Paris than contemplating going to Egypt? – YES! Did it give me the experience of sailing down the Nile or haggling in a souk? – NO!

            However, sharing your moveable objects around is an insurance policy too – like not having ALL your eggs in one basket. What happens if there is a catastrophic disaster in one part of the world that damages most of your built or moveable culture?

            You missed my point about the Aswan Dam – I realise it is not an antiquity – but it did involve moving a lot of large building complexes and sculptures or else lose them underwater. It might have made a great diving site if it wasn’t such an environmental disaster.

            Re different standards in different cultures – that is part of the plus and minus of being a tourist. If you drop litter in Singapore (in every place except Raffles hotel where the whole idea of dropping peanut shells on the floor is part of the attraction) or even chew chewing gum you will be fined. Extreme? Yes – but it makes for a very clean city (as long as you don’t mind stepping over piles of peanut shells in one bar!)

            Maybe Egyptian tour guides can benefit from travelling the world themselves. Just be sure to leave your hashish at home and look at what you can contribute to the world by being both an understanding host and sensitive tourist. Not everyone is perfect and to be honest, it does cut both ways! It does help to know where conflicts and wars are happening, and that it is probably best to avoid those places. 🙂

          • Anonymous


            That was a very informative and very well thought out comment. I agree with your logic. I wonder if the tables were turned and either they or someone they know made that mistake, if the responses would be as harsh.

  • Ruben Papadopoulos

    You can also look at it this way: Modern capitalism has transformed these ancient artworks into a sideshow to gain tourism money. There is no reverence, no respect. The chinese tourist who wrote on the wall only added to the artwork. In a couple of hundred years (hopefully) they will look back at this wall and say: “That was so typical of a shallow culture where only profit exist. This teaches us alot about human history.”

  • januainferni

    A raptus, it’s called Stendhal syndrome.

  • din dong

    no fucking comment fucking short arse fucking chineese piece of shit ,they need another fucking bomb on thier big head ,such stupid race with stupid tiny eyes look like fucking aliens

    • Such a mature response! Would you like to elaborate on that in a more sensible, and possibly less racist manner? Are you capable of that?

  • Sepy

    A youth has misbehaved. Not because he is Chinese, but because he is young. By mirroring anger and hate, nothing is solved. It is a sad fact this has happened, but even the authorities who can restore the stone say it can be fixed. End of story.

    • I agree Sepy. Many people making comment here could gain some perspective on the matter rather than *ranting* from racist soapboxes.

      • The thread of comments on this article turned into one similar to those witnessed on Yahoo or CNN – racism and ignorance everywhere!

        Though traditionally these comments are deleted by moderators on other websites, I believe it is important to leave them here as a reflection of how different people react to these situations (and specifically a reflection of certain Egyptians).

  • Jonah Harvington

    Didn’t tourism college in China teach him anything?!

  • Puerto Rican girl

    He got nerves to do that like who in the right mind would do that.People put hard work on these pieces that we see today. For shame on him

    • Anonymous

      The same people who are capable of doing graffittis all over gorgeous building of these days. Architects, designers and hard working men built all we got, but people dont care. Much more less they will care for ancient stuff.

  • ohyourkidding

    The boy from China who wrote on the Egyptian wall should be made to walk behind camels ridden by tourists and made to clean the camel dung for three months in the Egyptian heat!!

  • Anonymous

    A fair punishment would be to brand his face with “I am Ching Chong Ching”, put it on weibo, then hand him over to a really crappy plastic surgeon.

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  • Marco

    can can this be fixed please say yes:(

    • La roast beef

      In a way. Skilled conservationists can restore stonework that has been damaged much worse than that. Different conservationists will suggest different methods, but probably applying lime with a pigment to make it blend in would suffice. But that’s just my opinion and someone else might have a better method. Whatever technique is used will probably be enough for the casual eye, but a trained eye can usually see repairs if paying enough attention.

      Source: I’m a stone mason who has some experience with historical monuments

      • Anonymous

        Retouching always can be done but it does not undo the damage.

  • Anonymous


    lets just make it fair:
    graffiti happens all the time, now if i was to print my name in english on top those monuments do you think i would get all this attention? no, its because its in chinese its get attention, lets ask our selves why is it just because its in chinese it gets attention?


    to settle this issue, someone go find the child, and chop off his hands, and then make him pay for the damages, FOREVER.
    simple as that, chop off his hands and we can end the discussion. who wants to go CHOP OFF HIS HANDS?! and put it on tv so we can set an example to every graffiti artist around the world, anyone who dares to write something on property that aint hteres will get there fucken hands and maybe their dicks chopped off too! ppl need to learn to respect property, and the only way to teach the young ppl is to chop off their hands and their little dicks!

    • Greg Anderson

      First of all, no. If it was in english it would be just as much of an uproar, the issue is he defaced an ancient monument. Graffiti isn’t the issue, it’s where it was put that is. If this was some storefront wall nothing would be said, but this is a 3000 year old temple. Furthermore all you need to look at is the Ecce Homo fresco painting to see this isn’t about race, it’s about not damaging irreplaceable pieces of art because some dumbass kid thinks it will make a funny picture. As for your thing about chopping off his hands, I have no idea what retarded rant you went on there. Maybe that’s a punishment for theft there still, but I doubt it and he didn’t steal anything. You sound like a mentally handicapped 12 year old, but than again I suppose you might be.

      • Anonymous

        Graffitti IS an issue. Just because people dont notice how much of an issue is they dont care. Here in Denmark they constantly do graffittis on the outside of the trains. When they do these, the wagons or complete set of trains go to be taken OUT of service to be cleaned, and is NOT an easy cleaning, it has to be in a special way and in many cases it must be repainted, which is not cheap. Sometimes when theres no option a couple of these wagons got to be on duty but pitifuly it looks bad and depending the paint they used it smells bad.
        All these is not free, all this cleaning, maintenance and repaint costs money, money that comes from the tax payers. Money that instead being used for something useful or good for the community, it has to be thrown away to clean something that should have been fine to begin with. And to account by every year its TONS of money spent on this silly thing!. Now add to this any other public building, etc. Wouldnt you be angry if it was in the door of your house?, your time, your money to repair it, unless you dont care.
        Graffittis are an issue, overall if its not on the artistic side and just a bunch of scribbles or ridiculous messeges.

        • Reduce the ability of youth to purchase paint in spray cans? It has had an effect in Australia…but if they are going to tag something, they are going to find a way of getting their hands on the materials with which to do it.

          This child will suffer enough through his ‘loss of face’ (so important to Chinese culture) that chopping of his hand would seem humane. The west has Gen Y – so I guess China has it’s equivalency in a whole era of only child ‘little emperors’.

    • When has chopping off a hand (or castrating someone?) actually deterred other thieves? If this sanction worked there would have been only one amputation EVER. How about a bit of compassion and education? Castrating eery young person for transgressions in youth would lead to the end of the human race. Get a bit of perspective!

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  • Sayed Shaban

    Egyptian in general has no appreciation for artifacts so no wonder they just ignore the incident while in China draws public attention

    • Anonymous

      it seem you are Ignorant about Egyptian and they Carefulness on the pharaohs culture , they in the same time respect the tourist and their privacy so no one had to follow each tourist , so please read well on the Egyptian attitude and kindness before judging .

    • Egyptologist with a Brain

      Actually it is mentioned in the Egyptian press. The blogger is lying about that.

      • If you have an issue with the information that was posted, contact me personally as opposed to making baseless remarks. This article was posted before any English or Egyptian media had picked it up. Egyptian media first reported about this 10-12 hours after this article was posted, with several news outlets referencing Egyptian Streets as the source of information.

  • Mahmoud Dahroug

    Shame on us!

    • Ahmed Askar


  • Anonymous

    that chinese kid is a fukin legend

    • Nora

      I didn’t know ruining 3000 year old artifacts would make someone a “fucking legend”. Guess we should ruin all of them if we want to be legendary.

  • Anonymous

    Chinese are uncivilized with their new found freedom.
    Even their nobles are all 村姑野人。Please forgive them for their unruly behavior

    • chinese loves to spits.
      chiniese love to speak loud.
      chinese are easy to angry and bring matter to there race.
      they pee every where and poh everywhere.even in restaurent.
      they eat there nodles like flying jet.
      they are dirty and never like shower.
      they always walk in group and close the ways and street.
      they love to buy all kind of brand to use there black money.
      they bring there bottle of tea like children.
      they love to drink tea

    • Anonymous

      I dont think freedom is an excuse for bad manners. I thought chinese people knew better than that.

    • Anonymous

      Freedom is not an excuse for bad manners. I thought chinese people knew better.

  • Anonymous

    No need to stereotype. Stupid teenagers exist everywhere. Both sides of the world have their fair share of brats.

    • Eliwa

      i agree 🙂

  • Sofia in Egypt

    Well its not only about the Chinese brat who did it, it more about how these chinks are raising their off spring now. I always thought they were a well behaved race, until I became an adult. I lived close to their community and worked with them.
    They have not respect for other people, property or most of all any tourist sites or relics.
    Its just took this little uncontrolled brat to make the world see that they are not what their government make them out to be !!!!!
    I think he should be made an example of and hope this will teach the chinks NOT TO DEFACE what is not their own, especially when the are abroad

    • This is a disgusting thing the chinese teenager has done but I don’t see how you can criticise the why the Chinese are bringing up their children when you clearly have no decent up bringing yourself as anyone with breeding would not refer to the Chinese race as Chinks…… you should be ashamed of yourself!!! I totally condem what this teenager has done & they should face some kind of punishment but using racst comments is not the way to go whether or not you think you know the whole Chinese race just because you lived close to their community…..

      • Anonymous

        I had a good upbringing, and its my opinion. Im not ashamed of anything.I am stating how Chinese abroad can cause havoc .And i do not need you telling me what way i can or can not comment .
        Yes i lived near the and worked for year next to them, and in my personal opinion they have no respect for other peoples property .

        • Anonymous

          You are an idiot.

          • I guess that’s why your name is anonymous. If you were not ashamed to say something you wouldn’t use the name Anonymous.

          • Anonymous

            Well she wrote “Sofia in Engypt” do you want her ID card number and her home address as well ?. Silly.

        • Anonymous

          Your ignorance shocks me. Go flush your head down the toilet pls.

    • Anonymizer!

      Your talking about respect; but yet you use derogatory and disrespectful statements. Pot meet Kettle.

    • Sperx

      Ahahahah like if americans have any respect of someone…

    • cc

      I am appalled at the ignorance you have towards another ethnicity.

  • This is so sad. Why and why? This is the result of the Egypt negligent security. Something so precious should be better guarded.

    • Anonymous

      Something so precious shouldn’t require presence of guards for it to remain. It survived over 3000 years without having guards.

      • Well, you’re right. But, you’ll never know…. See this tragic incident for example.

    • Or, people should learn to respect what isn’t theirs.

      • La roast beef

        Don’t we dig up all the Pharaohs we find and stick there bodies in museums? Where’s the respect in that?

        • Egyptologist with a Brain

          Now you’re talking.

    • Anonymous

      it seem most of critic today came on the Egyptian side , and it obvious those days the respect for the tourist and their privacy is wrong attitude , so if you please buppha read well before judgement and learn from Egyptian how to treat the tourist in a generous way .

  • In regards to comments about the Muslim Brotherhood expressing the desire to destroy all Temples and Pyramids associated with Kemet (renamed Egyptus after Greek invasion) civilization, is because they know that indigenous Africans and not Greeks or Arabs, who also invaded Kemet, are responsible for the building of all Temples and Pyramids, especially Shemayit Ipet Isut (renamed Karnak after invasion) at Wa’at (renamed Thebes by Greeks and later Luxor by Arabs), which was dedicated to Amun-Ra, Mut, and Khonsu.

    • Anonymous

      waset , not wa’at

    • Great post Theodoregregoire! 🙂

      • Theo Gregoire

        You’re welcome 🙂

    • Abraham

      why is it that i keep finding more afrocentrists everywhere on the internet, if you really knew anything about Egypt you would relies that the ancient Egyptians depicted themselves in many different colors, this was done to show symbolism rather then actual reality. now seriously enough with the Egyptian race issue.

      • “Egyptians depicted themselves in many different colors, this was done to show symbolism rather then actual reality.” – Nonsense.

        1. The ‘Hunefer Papyrus’, written by Kemeten Priests, clearly stated where they came from:

        ‘We came from the beginning of the Nile where, God Hapi dwells. At the foothills of The Mountain of the Moon.’

        There are two places in Africa, which are described as the ‘Mountain of the Moon’. One is Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanganyika, Tanzania. And the other being the Rwenzori Mountains region, in Uganda.

        Documented. Historical. Fact.

        2. From an anthropological perspective, and to highlight the depths non African scientists were prepared to stoop to to disenfranchise Africans out of there history, Anthropologist Cheikh Anta Diop explains exactly who the Kemetians were, and through their vast world voyages the other races they had come across:

        a) Part 1 –
        b) Part 2 –

        3. In 1962 Bruce Williams and Keith Seal discovered a Pharaonic dynasty on the edge of Nubia (Sudan), at a place called Qustul.

        Classical Kemeten (Egyptian) civilization and its science is fundamentally African. Africans had been writing in Metu Ntr (called Hieroglyphics by the Greeks) on the edge of Sudan during the Dynasty of Ta-Seti in the Nile Valley (Now known as the Middle East), 2 centuries before the first Egyptian dynasty.
        In this area, in Ta-Seti, a black kingdom comprised of 12 black kings reigned before pushing up into, and controlling, Northern Egypt establishing the dynasty of Minyes, which is followed for about 1,000 years by predominantly African types.

        Pyramid building, mummification, the deities that were to build the pantheon of Gods of the Egyptians, all the religious, political, and scientific traditions that were to make classical Egypt the beginnings of the Pharaonic period is found in Qustul 2+ centuries before it even begins to take a shape and to be carried forward into Kemet. Even the Metu Ntr (Hieroglyphs), originally thought to be Kemeten, were merely refined further by the Africans as they moved up into Kemet from Qustul.

        4. “why is it that i keep finding more afrocentrists everywhere on the internet” – Through a process of rudimentary geography. The land area we speak of is in Africa. Not in Greece, London, Singapore, the ‘Middle East’. In Africa! And you will find no better a people to inform you about Africa other than Africans!

        • Note to moderator. It appears I have double posted. In my error I presumed I had stupidly not hit the send button, hence the reason why I never saw my post. Should my (longish) post meet with your approval, which I see no reason why it wouldn’t, please feel free in deleting either the first or the second long one, although the second one appears not to be replying ‘Abraham’, plus this message to yourself.

          Many thanks in advance

          • Your comment was stuck in the spam filter. I let through the latest one

  • Anonymous

    mindless idiots its been go on forever chop his hands off

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  • AssHat

    He knows you like carvings so he put a carving on the carving so you could see more carvings.

    No but seriously it’s just another old rock, who cares.

    • Anonymous

      well said by a dumbass !!!

    • and you are a piece of work too,moronic punk!


    • Anonymous

      Truly A.. for this kind of comment…………
      The Chinese tourist should spend time in prison for his deed and China should pay to repair

      • cc

        Prison would be harsh on the people of China (who did nothing wrong). Note: I say this with no knowledge of how the prison system work there, but rather an assumption that its taxes or what not. However, if he paid for the repairs; on an average Chinese salary, that should be a fair punishment. Teach him what happens when you deface historical monuments.

        • Oh yeah – send a 15 year old to Chinese prison and have the rich Arabs lining up to purchase one of his kidneys! THAT is the way of Chinese prison system. Humanity at it’s commercial extreme where everything has it’s price.

  • Karine

    Please when you go to visit this wonderful Egypt country, respect the temples and respect the people, Christians or Muslims.
    And you will be always more than welcome…..

    • anon

      (respect the temples and respect the people, Christians or Muslims.) The temples of Egypt are not Christan or Muslim you idiot.

      • Anonymous

        He/she said respect the people Muslims or Christians, not the temples. I think it’s safe to say you are the idiot.

        • Abraham

          Thank you sir!!!!

    • Anonymous

      If only muslims respected anyone else other than themselves.

      • Abraham

        This may seem true in the west but believe me when i say that there are some Muslims with hearts of gold. They are really kind and i would pick them any day over a rude fellow christian, and just so you know this is coming from a Coptic Christian (Coptic Egyptian), its just too bad that a few rotten apples spoil the whole bunch. = (

  • Designer

    No one invades the privacy of pharaohs and live normally afterwards,

  • Ramy

    where’s his tour guide
    where’s the tourism company that bringed him there
    where’s the tourism police
    where’s the Egyptians
    shame on him..shame on us

    • Anonymous

      Egyptians are busy. Some are busy deciding if women should go outside homes or not and if Christians can repair their Churches or not. Others are busy waiting in a long queue to buy bread.

    • AssHat

      Where are their grammar.

    • He do it in the agree time after explaineng and yesterday evening the chine chinese company know that person was achild with father and mother and china CCTV meet them and apologize for egypt about this actually in china they are angry about it in egypt we chinese tourist guides so angry but we canot do any thing you know the salary of the monuments keeper is so so cheap no thing but next groups we will do more care I work 16 years with chinese guests this the first time

      • Egyptologist with a Brain

        Thank you. Someone who bothered to read the news. Yes, he was only 14 years old and he was NOT the one that posted the photo. It was another Chinese tourist who found it and posted it on his own blog to teach his fellow Chinese how NOT to treat archaeological sites when they travel. It was someone doing something constructive, not like this blog, which is just intended to raise a ruckus.

      • Anonymous

        Wow you can’t spell for shit. Go to school you dumbass……

        • Anonymizer!

          You can’t think for shit; you are worse off than he.

          • Anonymous

            Your just trolling , you have said that comment time and time again , its getting boring now .And yes i have a couple of mistakes , so what thats not what we are here for ..get over yourself idiot

          • Anonymous


    • Jen Jones

      yes Ramy – what is happening in Egypt – no site management anymore! As the Chinese know the name of this fool let him be punished – his mommy saying he was ‘only 15 at the time’ means nothing – he’s old enough to know better – where was the tour guide?? This would never have happened when Dr Hawass was in charge of antiquities! – bring back Dr Zahi Hawass!!

  • Anonymous

    This smells of Chinese piss-of-arrogance all over again, strutting all over the world marking their supposed properties like the “dogs” they are turning into, just like what they are doing to their smaller neighbors.
    One could only imagine what would have driven an ordinary man, looking at a valuable piece of a nation’s(actually world’s) heritage to bastardize it. greek and roman vandals knew of the “backing” of their patrimonial overlords, as part of the conquering race, they could have felt that they too had the superiority over these artifacts and for whatever they stood for. One could say that this sort of mentality is inextricably linked between the individuals and the collective group of people as to whether which influences more the other would be difficult to ascertain.

    • Anonymous

      uncalled for…

    • Jen Jones


    • Anonymizer!

      One can easily see you have no reading comprehension, and have no experience with any Chinese by your ignorant statements.

      For one, the graffiti was done by a 15 year old child, without his parents knowledge.

      For two, it was brought to the attention by other Chinese tourists who took the photo to show how one of their own dishonored the artifacts, himself, and his country.

      For three: You are an ignorant jackass. You know nothing except how to be a racist tool. The intelligence you have is less than that of a five year old, and you are a complete embarrassment to whichever country you belong to!

      • Anonymous

        You can be high-and-mighty and tolerant all you want with those “rational” lenses that you wear but in my case, I, modesty aside, have achieved skills beyond basic reading comprehension (because that alone is for amateurs and I applaud you for applying that primitive skill of yours to my statements as well as knowing how to count to three) The mentality of a collective, will, one way or the other, assert itself, ooze out of it. no matter how intended it is at covering it up, especially a rising superpower at best. And reading through your deductions you’re not that bad of an ignorant jackass yourself, huh? truly like really knows like my nig

  • Annalisa

    “The mother of idiots is always pregnant,” they say in my country ..

    • Anonymous

      those are wise words indeed my friend, what country do you hail from?

    • Mohammad Bayomi

      I like the Quote

    • So that would make the Chinese – with a one-child policy – rather intelligent? Educate women and you educate the next generation too!

  • Ben

    I don’t understand the mentality of someone who would show enough interest in these artifacts to go and look at them and would then vandalise them. Yes, many artifacts have been covered in vandalism over the years and it’s vaguely interesting to see some older bits, but it doesn’t mean we should be happy for every modern tourist to totally deface every ancient treasure we have. If someone, for example, knocked the noses off all the carvings of presidents on Mount Rushmore there would be outrage.

    • How about the much perpetrated myth that the Spinx’s facial obliteration job was as a result of Napoleon’s cannonballs? The Sphinx actually lost a considerable amount of its features in 1378CE when a local Sufi Sheik by the name of Sayim al-Dahr (the Perpetual Faster) having observed peasants bringing offerings to the Sphinx, and considering such acts idolatry and thus a violation of Islam, attempted to blow it up with explosives. Maybe he was having a low blood sugar day – or should we blame the chinese for inventing gunpowder too? The Arabs acquired knowledge of gunpowder some time between 1240-1280, with surviving documentary evidence for the use of the hand cannon, considered the oldest type of portable firearm, from several Arabic manuscripts dated to the 14th century. Maybe it was the Islamic Sheik who first used ammunition on the Sphinx after all!

  • Anonymous

    ياااااااااااااااااابن الوسخه ، لو شوفت وش امك هجيبلك تهامى يغتصبك

  • احمد

    هذا شخص متخلف

  • Assem

    Fuck u . I will pie on ur tomb motherfucker

  • The great thing about Egypt is the fact that you are allowed so much freedom at many of these historical.

  • حسين

    اة يابن المرة

  • Jason

    Just another reason why I hate the Chinese “people.”

    • So you judge 1.4 billion people for the actions of *one*? Wow. Just wow.

      • Egyptologist with a Brain

        Yeah, just as some people are blaming 1.4 billion Muslims for allowing 1.4 billion Chinese to write their names on a blank part of a wall. Just goes to show the absurdity of the response to this act.

        • M.

          and just like anyone who doesnt come from the middle east blames billions of muslims and arabs for any and all acts of terrorism. Wow, just wow. What a lovely world

          • Egyptologist with a Brain

            That’s what I was saying M.

        • Anonymizer!

          You’re an idiot. Ironic you chose to add Brain to your name.

      • Faisalization
        Here is some footage for you. the Chinese are inferior in every aspect of life.

      • din dong

        fuc off

    • So you judge 1.4 billion people for the actions of *one*? Wow. Just wow.

      • Faisalization
        Here is some footage for you. the Chinese are inferior in every aspect of life.You posers adopt Caucasian names because of your empty culture and because your names sound like banging tea cups and tea spoons together, have no issues seeing a poor girl getting killed on the street (notice how many yellow monkeys such as yourself ignored that innocent child), Disrespect other cultures, eat dogs, eat rats, eat cats, don’t shave your private parts and all smell like fucking noodles. actions of one my ass.. you are all fucked and should never China.

  • La roast beef

    “It is not yet clear whether the markings can be removed in order to safely return the wall to its original state.”

    And will the Egyptian authorities be repairing and removing the ancient Roman graffiti, or that from the crusades? If not, then when exactly is the cut-off point between “interesting ancient inscription” and “blasphemous vandalism”.

    • M.

      i see you’re one of those who enjoy making issues out of nothing. Something from hundreds of years ago such as Roman graffit or any graffiti from the crusades will have some historical value, and so wont be considered “blasphemous vandalism”. Yet, anything that reads someones name or some idiotic and brazen remark such as a “Ding Jinhao was here”, i think you would agree is worthy of being removed. The line is pretty clear.

      • Egyptologist with a Brain

        No, because in hundreds of years when the Chinese have been dominating the world for a while, it will be an important piece of historical evidence for their spread to Egypt. And from a conservation point of view, removing this now will probably do more damage to the wall. What’s done is done. We can’t change what Ding Jinhao has done but that doesn’t also mean we encourage others to do it too.

      • La roast beef

        You haven’t set a line there at ALL. Specifically at which date is this kind of graffiti considered old enough to be of historical value?
        The Roman graffiti says pretty much the same thing as far as I’m aware, so it can hardly be anything connected with the content. This historical graffiti is also not an original part of the building, so if we are keeping the building as it ORIGINALLY was then surely it should also be removed?
        I don’t condone what was done. And the relevant authorities should try to stop it from happening again (Otherwise these monuments would be covered in little scribblings), but one small piece is hardly something to get so worked up about.
        Technically this is damage to the temple. But if you’re so concerned about the well-being of said temple, then maybe we should stop tourists entering them all together, since hundreds or thousands of feet walking through and over them every year is not doing them any good.

  • Anonymous

    جاتكوا نيلة مليتوا البلد

  • Egyptologist is not an Egyptologist. They are supporting criminals that destroy world heritage.

    • Egyptologist with a Brain

      Of course I am an Egyptologist. Only an Egyptologist would have a sense of the long history of this country and the role of graffiti in our understanding of that history. Egyptian priests themselves left graffiti in the temples. Think Philae or the Temple of Isis in Aswan. Go to the rooftop of Medinet Habu or the Temple of Khonsu at Karnak and you will see what I am talking about

      There’s only so many hours in the day to get upset about the injustices in the world. A graffito that is inscribed in a blank part of a kilt that does not obscure any historical information is such a minor thing that it only proves how mind-numbingly trivial social media turns people that it has been shared so many times on FB.

      Today’s present is tomorrow’s past. And Ding Jinhao will likely be a more important historical figure in the future than you or I will be as we write on this blog. This is history in the making for future archaeologists.

      • La roast beef

        As a stone mason who has worked on a number of English cathedrals, I’m inclined to agree with the Egyptologist. Of all the cathedrals in England, almost none of them have been left how they were originally built. You can look at theses cathedrals and see more than one style (Norman, early Gothic, late Gothic, Renaissance), in some you may see all the styles. It was nothing for our ancestors to knock down an old part of a church, or add on a new section in the style of that period regardless of whether it matched the old one. So why should it be for us? If my ancestors had the same attitude as us, English cathedrals would look completely different. I might also point out that you’ll be able to find the same “Lord Cuthbert the 2nd was ‘ere 1592” style scratchings on any of them, yet no one seems bothered about that.
        That’s not to say we shouldn’t show some regard for ancient buildings, but this is hardly on the same level as bulldozing the temple to make room for a car park.

        I think it’s important to remember that by showing such an extreme amount of respect for history, we have no chance to make a mark of our own for future historians.

        • M.

          If it were a piece of art work or a memorable or meaningful quote as part of a movement up on that wall, then yes definitely, that shouldn’t be removed. That being said, a time where this is socially acceptable, to be ruining a country’s heritage such as the example here, will only bestow ruin upon these monuments.

          Trying to defend and justify this action, is naiive to say the least. Explain to me how “Ding Jinhao was here” written in typical script, will have any form of historical value or importance. We arent talking about something like the Berlin Wall, where the art has meaning, representing the divide of a nation. We’re talking some bastard who has no respect or predilection for a people’s history or heritage, being careless in a banal attempt to satisfy some desire to feel like a badass and break the rules.

          • Egyptologist with a Brain

            There was a whole conference that lasted 1 or 2 days a few months ago in Cairo about the historical significance of graffiti in just the Aswan area that covered about 20.000 years of graffiti up to the present day. Just because you as a layperson don’t understand the significance of such seemingly unmemorable or unmeaningful inscriptions doesn’t mean we archaeologists don’t understand this in its context. There are even some enlightened archaeologists who would seek out this Chinese man to ask him why he made the engraving in order to shed light on possible reasons for similar acts in the past. You make of this what you can.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, I’m sure that will be very interesting when they go ask him why he didn’t, and he simply replies because “it was cool” or “I felt like it”. Lets see you go ahead and write a book about why some imbecile of a man decided to write his name on a wall.

            Believe me man, keep thinking like you do now, and you career wont likely take off. There is a huge difference between discovering something significant, and seeming to want to create it or build it up in ones mind. Yes, you don’t support it as a positive act. But having said that, you’re trying to hard to make something out of absolutely nothing more than malicious, unjustified, and ultimately disrespectful acts of vandalism. It is precisely your attitude towards it that could have everyone mess the walls up to become a part of history, don’t kid yourself cutie.

          • I think the whole response here on this thread has given Ding Jinhao’s actions some sort of ‘historical’ significance, as much because it has been a catalyst for expressing various points of view that reflect cultural differences, racism, the role of social media, the dependence of Egypt on international tourism income etc.

      • Anonymous

        history is his story!!!!

  • I am achinese guide in egypt we saw it we think that this guest come alone not with a group one of my college guest take a picture of it and publish it in china those two days we got many calls. From china friends they show their apology and china tv those two days speak about this many times I think more than 100 million chinese person saw it what I meen they show some apology and CCTV call mr yaser my friend chinese guide who saw it But now those wrighteng is not ever still if you go now you will not find it and chinese guides now more take care of this thing

  • Egyptologist with a Brain
    • Nehaya

      I don’t get it u r calling urself Egyptologist & yet defending such a barbaric act! U should be ashamed of calling urself Egyptologist in the first place!!

      • Egyptologist with a Brain

        I don’t “call myself an Egyptologist.” I AM an Egyptologist with the PhD to prove it? What are your qualifications?.

        • Anonymizer!

          You have a PhD with your complete lack of grammar?

      • Egyptologist with a Brain

        And I am not defending the act. I am simply pointing out that in 100 years that graffito will be considered an antiquity that the law will require archaeologists preserve as is!

        • You are, in point of fact, tacitly condoning the act by likening this act of graffiti to ancient examples. While it’s true that there are historical marks similar to these, those were done BEFORE the site was made protected. The outrage is (or should be) directed at the blatant disrespect of vandalism to a historical, protected site. It’s true that today’s form of graffiti is being recognized as art, and that there are many thousands of beautiful examples that will hopefully be remembered, maybe even protected the way this temple is now. But this particular piece of graffiti has nothing to offer us (nor the future) but an example of the lack of respect some people have for the past.

          • M.

            And can i add again, that this in no shape or form shows anything other than the fact that this imbecile decided to ruin a temple. That as Susan has said, is protected.

            Compare this to the inscriptions of the Berlin Wall.. how does this have any historical relevance. Or what shall this reveal in 100 years? That the Chinese had a terrible sense of humor and a lack of respect for other cultures? i think not.

          • Egyptologist with a Brain

            No, what’s done is done. We can’t undo what this tourist did. We could as some have suggested use it as a teaching moment for future tourists about why not to do it. In no way I am condoning it as a positive act.

            But it is not something we need to get particularly upset about in the overall scheme of the cosmos. I don’t see people getting upset like this every time it rains in Luxor even though that does far, far, far more damage to the temple walls and their reliefs than this tourist has done. Where is the outrage about that? Is it because it is Mother Nature rather than another human being and human beings on the internet have a strong need to blame, blame and blame other people to make themselves feel superior?

            In truth too, tourists find the graffiti on the walls of temples in Egypt particularly fascinating. It’s just another layer of interaction with the monuments that is being recorded.

      • Anonymous

        ah, Muslim Egyptologist is nothing more than Muslim. Muslims who calls for destruction of pyramids and other monuments. Muslims who destroyed the great Buddha status in Afghanistan. Muslims who have long history of destroying and burning many cultural figures in almost every where in the world. There is nothing wrong with Muslims as humans but simply they do it because their religion tell them to.

        • Anonymous

          What has being muslim got to do with all this?? You are a true example of ignorance….how would you know whether islam tells us to build or destroy?? Don’t speak about a religion you know nothing about!!!

    • CDonovan

      Interesting commentary of graffiti, but I am still concerned about the lack of security. Such a lapse could result in destruction & theft as well as graffiti.

  • Egyptologist with a Brain

    For someone who claims to be bringing a realistic picture of Egyptian Streets to their readers, you sure have completely missed the fact that graffiti has become a very acceptable means of artistic and personal expression anywhere, anytime on any wall in Egypt since the revolution.

    • Anonymous

      What is wrong with you? At the very least you need to acknowledge that this graffiti is a trivial piece of vandalism that shouldn’t be allowed to stay up. You talk about how you’re not defending the little bugger and that you’re stating facts but all I see is someone who have no interest in preserving history as it is.

      I wonder how would the Chinese react to an Egyptian spoiled boy bragging about inscribing his name on one of their monuments.

      • Egyptologist with a Brain

        Ask a a conservator. You will do more damage trying to remove than the tourist did in the first place. “Allowing it to stay up” is at this point the best we can do to protect the wall from further damage.

        History is continuously being made. If we didn’t allow for time to move on we would all be living in caves, mud huts and animal skin tents worshipping natural trees and rocks, not in churches, mosques etc.

  • Alexander the Great will get his revenge.

    • And Alexander the Greek has got what to do with Shemayit Ipet Isut at Waset?

      • His name is written in hieroglyphs its his part of the the Luxor Temple it was built and dedicated to him as Pharaoh

        • “His name is written in hieroglyphs its his part of the the Luxor Temple it was built and dedicated to him as Pharaoh” –

          Completely incorrect.

          Firstly,Shemayit Ipet Iset (Karnak) at Wa’at (Luxor) was built in dedication of Amun-Ra, Mut, and Khonsu.

          Secondly, no indigenous Kemeten (African) ‘willingly’ dedicated anything to Alexander the invading and destroying Greek. Blank cartouches were a sign that the Pharaohs buried there were not indigenous Africans, and as such were not respected by the Priests who buried them. For example the cartouche Edfu Temple ( shows clearly that it has been left blank so as not to identify whom it was. This process only happened during the Ptolemaic (Greek) reign.

          Thirdly, Medu Ntr (Sacred Words of God), as inscribed by Africans, is what the Greeks called Hieroglyphs.

      • Egyptologist with a Brain

        Alan Fildes is just pimping his business.

  • Yahya

    The leaders in Egypt right now is Muslim brotherhood they are against Egyptian civilization why . .??? Because they thought that this civilization are eythiest with no religion that mean ( koffar ) so they try to destroy any thing related to this great civilization on purpose .

    • You are not true as dr morsy visited luxer and Karnak temples he do his best to let tourist come egypt no body in egypt against tourism but some people like you who till fake news to let others afraid as they don’t like their country

    • Muslim brotherhood are against Kemet (renamed Egyptus after Greek invasion) civilization because they know that indigenous Africans and not Greek or Arabs, who also invaded Kemet, are responsible for building the Temples and Pyramids, especially Shemayit Ipet Isut (renamed Karnak after invasion) at Wa’at (renamed Thebes by Greeks and later Luxor by Arabs), which was dedicated to Amun-Ra, Mut, and Khonsu.

    • sultan

      ايه الكذب اللي انت كاذبه ده ,اظن انه مرض اصاب المعارضة المصرية ..اي خبر سيء تحاولون بالكذب الصاقه بالاسلاميين وانتم المتطهرون..

      كفاية كذب كفاية كذب كفاية كذب

  • Egyptologist with a Brain

    In 150 years historians who study the early 21st century will regard this as an important historical inscription that reflects the increasing number of Chinese tourists to Egypt in this period. It will be welcomed as historical evidence of past tourist behavior just as historians study the 19th century or Greek and Roman graffiti on the Egyptian temple and tomb walls. And at the same time the outrage on this blog and elsewhere on the web will have disappeared as ephemeral bits and bytes that no longer can be read by technology of the next century. Continue to whine and throw a temper tantrum about this all, you people who think the Egyptians don’t care for their monuments. As an historian I can see how this will be heralded in the future and instead choose to have a relaxing and unworried Sunday evening.

    • A scrawl which says nothing more than ‘I woz here’ and promptly shown all over the net in our over-exposed media-mad world, will have no value whatsoever. It does not tell of anything, other than one man’s ego.He will be no more remembered, as you seem to think he will be, than the Victorian who carved ‘Sedgefield Anstey’ on one of the sarsens at Stonehenge.

      • I take my hat off to you sir. Well said.

      • Egyptologist with a Brain

        We have no proof that anything that is written on the net today will be preserved in 2000 years or even be readable with machines of the future. Graffiti and inscriptions in stone have stood the test of time though. Why do you think former President Mubarak left so many stela all over the country of his own?

    • For someone having an “unworried Sunday evening”, you sure are spending a lot of time here defending this act. And while that graffiti might be “welcomed as historical evidence of past tourist behavior” by future historians, I’m personally offended and embarrassed that the future people will be seeing that we had no respect for ancient and protected artifacts. That’s not something to be proud of.

      • Egyptologist with a Brain

        Put your money where your mouth is lady. Tell us how you propose to protect every single ancient nook and cranny of every single ancient temple from the possibility of one single tourist coming along and inscribing his name on a wall. Do you have an army of tens of thousands of guards you can put in every single chamber 24 hours a day? Or a video camera in every corner with thousands of people monitoriing it. Whining and hand wringing is meaningless. If you think this is a big threat tell us how to solve it or shut up because there are far worse problems in the world that need attention than a single graffitto that obscures no historical information and in no way will cause the wall to disintegrate.

      • La roast beef

        I’d be interested to know what you find more disrespectful:
        1) a small scratching on a temple wall or
        2) breaking into a tomb, disinterring the body of a Pharaoh and displaying his corpse in a glass box for people to gawk at.

        Seems to me that if we had any REAL kind of respect for these people or their beliefs we’d leave them well alone.

        • Egyptologist with a Brain

          Yeah, and the place where the tourist left the graffito was the holiest part of the temples that only a few priests could enter. And now we sell tickets for anyone to enter and gawk and scrawl graffiti. How respectful is that?

  • Anonymous

    You would think he would have greater respect for sacred artifacts. Imagine if someone were in his country anb defiled one of their historical artifacts, I’m sure he would get more than a slap on the wrist. I think Egypt should be compensated so hopefully the grafitti could be removed. Shame on him. Pat

  • kiko

    Shame on our ministry….if i were in their place i would have asked the Chinese government for a huge amount of compensation or at least i would have asked them for offering their apology for that outrageous behavior.

    • Anonymous

      Why should the government pay for on mans mistake?

      • Dr.Talha

        Why Not Sir … This is A global Temple .. This Our history &
        culture …. Every One must respect the People’s beliefs This is called The Civilization ethics

      • Anonymous

        It is common international courtesy to fix whatever your people caused in others’ countries and perhaps offer an official apology just like a parent would for a child’s misbehavior.

        • Egyptologist with a Brain

          Can you provide some examples to prove your point?

  • Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

  • Reblogged this on Ned Hamson Second Line View of the News and commented:
    Sigh… Wish Egyptian government was willing and able to better protect its share of the world’s treasures.

    • Anonymous

      He should be made to pay for the damage for the rest of his life

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