Independent Learning Log
Name: Wong Hong Ngai (24)
June 25th 2016
6.05pm - 6.40pm
Source: National Geographic June 2016
What I did:
I read the main article for National Geographic, which is about looting of ancient treasures from ancient sites. It also talks about how looting benefits ISIS.
What I learnt:
Impasse: a situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock.
Coercion: the action or practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.
Litigation: the process of taking legal action
Summary: (page 64 and 65)
A looted coffin containing the mummified body of an Egyptian noblewoman was discovered by custom agents in the home of a Brooklyn antiques dealer. The coffin was sawed into 4 pieces then shipped. Satellite imagery showed that at the current rate of destruction, all known archaelogical sites in Egypt will be seriously compromised by 2040. The sale of antiques that might have been stolen have resulted in a series of high profile court cases and repatriations. It has also caused concern that the antiques trade is helping fund terrorism. The writer then started to trace the origins of the coffin. It was traced to Abu Sir al Malaq which used to be a prosperous city, however, now craters, shafts and a grim shree of skulls and shattered bones fill the landscape. Amal Farag, the head Antiques Ministry official leads the writer to a shaft tomb where she confronted three looters before and found two coffins.