Statues of Nubian archers that were stolen from the Egyptian
Museum during the first days of the revolution have been
returned, but looting continues to be a problem.
Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/Getty/AFP
A soldier stands guard in the Egyptian museum in Cairo in 2011
after looters broke in and damaged artefacts.
Photograph: Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP
Also said "I don't think anybody is unconcerned about the devastation of these sites and the distressing photographs from Iraq, now from Egypt. We now have to worry about the individual provenance of any single object."
The International Coalition to Protect Egyptian Antiquities, part of George Washington University's Capitol Archaeological Institute, is advocating on behalf of Egypt's call for temporary restrictions. But some in museums also caution against harsh restrictions, which could inadvertently cause the black market to grow. While established museums in the United States and Europe follow strict guidelines, new museums in developing countries and private collectors aren't necessarily operating under the same rules.