In what I immediately thought was a stroke of good will and good fortune for Iraq's struggling museums, Greece has said it will aid with money and expertise, according to this Reuters report in Yahoo! News. However the article also specifies that both antiquities departments will erect a statue/monument of Alexander the Great at the site in northern Iraq where Alexander defeated Darius III which basically brought the Persian Empire to an end. Is this a total snub at neighboring Iran or what? And seriously, why are they spending money on this monument when it should be going to, uh maybe rebuilding the museums or paying for site guards to protect archaeological sites from looting??
Speaking of museums, this interesting article talks about the university officials at Brandeis selling off all the art in its collection and closing their university museum. This smacks a lot of the MASCA fiasco at U Penn, which the article chronicles in detail, and is a stark wake-up call to the reality that museums are loosing a financial, academic and culture battle to remain "relevant" in the eyes of universities. This particular issue makes me exceedingly angry, especially since I don't see many pay cuts happening for chancellors, regents, or college football coaches for that matter ($6M to coach? Really?). Why is it that museums, music, drama and art programs are always the first to go? These elements are so important to our society's well-being!
At least in these dreary times for museums, we can still debate about pyramids in Europe. Ya you heard me. I don't think I've blogged about this before, but it has been in the news for a while. Take a gander at the picture (lifted from this article) and tell me whether or not you think it is a man-made structure, located in Bosnia, FYI.
Last, for all you mariners out there, the Phoenician Expedition will have to wait until the prevailing winds are favorable (in summer 2009) before heading off on their historic trip around the Cape of Good Hope on a life-sized replica of a Phoenician ship (circa 600 BC). I think the fact that they have a 180 HP engine built into the ship "for emergencies and to help the crew maneuver in and out of ports" is total bollocks. If the point of the whole thing is to learn about ancient Phoenician sailing, shouldn't they at least, ya know, try and recreate..ancient Phoenician sailing?
Ok this post has seriously too much rant. Need to lay off the Caucasians I guess. That, or go get a refill.