Vanishing evidence of classical african civilization

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Part I: The Temple Evidence
Prof. Manu Ampim

I reported in the March 1995 issue of the The Gaither Reporter  that on my previous pimary research trip to Egypt and Nubia in November/December 1994 I found a significant increase in the activity of various Euro-American and Egyptian government “conservation” teams.  I further noted that there is a direct relationship between these “conservation” teams and the accelerated defacement and destruction of many ancient Egyptian images and inscriptions, particularly on the temple walls.  I also indicated in my article that while several of the greatest Pharaonic (ancient Egyptian) monuments are in a state of rapid decay, there is a steady flow of Africentric “study tours” which are visiting these monuments, while doing nothing to either document the remaining but rapidly disappearing images and artifacts, or to help save these great African monuments for future generations. 
After my 1994 trip to Egypt/Nubia, I recognized that due to the incredible rate of decay and destruction there is little time to document the surviving evidence of classical African civilizations on the monuments of this region.  Thus, I recently completed my third season of field research to this area to photograph and video the  evidence that is virtually disappearing from temple walls every day.   In fact, there has been a threat to the survival of the Pharaonic monuments since the middle of the 19th century when these half-buried structures were removed from the sand by European adventurers.  When these structures were uncovered, they were destabilized upon being exposed to the natural elements (sun, wind, and rain), and to looters who swiftly dismantled the temple structures for profit schemes and to use the stones as building material. 

My 3rd season of work in Egypt and northern Nubia consisted of 5 weeks (August/September 1995) of field research.  I conducted primary (first-hand) research at 27 sites throughout this Nile Valley region, from Tanis, Giza, and Sakkara in northern Egypt, to Aswan, Sehel Island, and Beit al-Wali in northern Nubia.  My main task was to observe, record, and document the vanishing evidence of classical African civilizations.   My other objectives were to acquire further ammunition to document the Ra-Hotep/Nofret forgeries in the Cairo Museum, and to continue my study of ancient African social organization and spiritual culture.1
As I had expected when I returned to Egypt/Nubia in 1995, some of the temple carvings that were visible in November/December 1994 had disappeared in just eight months.  The disappearance of these carvings is due mainly to the fact that nearly every ancient Egyptian temple is currently under some level of  “conservation.”  This so-called conservation work is being carried out by two main groups: European and American research teams, and Egyptians working under the auspices of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (formerly the Egyptian Antiquities Organization).  In many cases, these two groups have not conserved the monuments by keeping them from further damage or lost, but rather they have permanently damaged and even deliberately destroyed images and inscriptions that have been in existence for  thousands of years.  Thus, the erosion of the monuments in recent years caused by the natural elements and the pressure of industrialization, urban growth, and agricultural development have been far outstripped by the deliberate destructive acts by European researchers and Arab workers and citizens.
The wall surface of the great Karnak Temple of Egypt is literally being taken apart stone by stone, as “conservation” workers are removing dozens of pounds of rock and wall material every day and discarding them as debris.  The rate of defacement and destruction of Karnak and other temples is stunning.  I have documented in just over half a year the progressive lost and calculated damage to the temple carvings.  In just 15 minutes local Egyptian government workers (most of whom are Arab), in alliance with Western conspirators from Europe and North America, are able to deface sacred African temple carvings from one of the world’s most profound collections of art which have remained in reasonably good condition for nearly 4,000 years.  With a few crude strokes, these so-called “restorers” and “conservationists” are altering the facial features of relief images, defacing many temple scenes, and demolishing other scenes until they are almost unrecognizable.  A careful examination of the pattern of wall damage at Karnak substantiate these points. It seems evident that this crude, clumsy, and incompetent “conservation” work is aimed at nothing less than the destruction of all the physical evidence which demonstrates that both ancient Egypt and Nubia are classical African civilizations.(read more) 

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