In Praise of Tomb Robbers - Part 2

Date & Time: 
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

During Egypt’s three Intermediate Periods, times of chaos and collapse, tomb robbing became rampant. Silence needed to be bought from high officials and fellow villagers. Access had to be secured. The punishment, if caught, was torture and death for robbers and often their families. But balanced against disaster was the promise of unimaginable wealth.

The 19th Century, CE, saw a continuation of tomb robbing. The infamous Abd el Rassou family discovered the Royal Cache in the late 1800’s and was involved in the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. 

During a four month return trip to Egypt in 2016, I met with descendants of the Abd el Rassou family and through other contacts was introduced briefly to some contemporary tomb robbers.  This presentation compares the current situation to that of the past in dynastic Egypt when the reintroduction of wealth from tombs into society stabilized Egyptian economies and impacted war, peace, and Egyptian civilization as a whole.

Todd Swanson

Todd Swanson is President and CEO of Sphinx, LLC, a small international consulting firm based in Colorado. Todd has over a decade's experience managing experience managing humanitarian relief work in South East Asia and Eastern Europe. Todd has traveled to over seventy countries and utilizes part of his time overseas to investigate classical and archaic civilizations. He presents at international, national and regional engagements and is the author of several articles.


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