The curse of the mummy? Social media just might help

Monica Hanna an archaeologist in Egypt has found a unique way to combat artifact theft from Egyptian Museums – Twitter.  Ms Hanna has set up the Heritage Task Force, a social media network of both native and foreign archaeologists, citizens and others to gather information and ideas about Egypt’s plight. Some are using online mapping tools to identify looted areas; others hunt through current auction catalogs and websites looking for recently stolen objects; and still others assemble groups of activists to converge on besieged ruins to confront the poachers, clean up trash, and generate media attention and official action.  For her efforts Ms. Hanna is winning awards in historical conservation and plaudits from archaeological societies.




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