Scott Carroll and mummy masks: update

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 08.38.58I’ve just discovered that Scott Carroll, aka Hey Doc, has posted and made publicly available two powerpoint presentations, one on “Dismantling a mummy mask”, the other on scanning mummy masks for retrieving papyri at this address: http://www.slideshare.net/heydoc1/presentations

The “dismantled” mask as well as the texts recovered are certainly Ptolemaic. An event of this kind and lead by Scott Carroll took place at Baylor University and involved professors and students of the Department of Classics on September 9, 2011, as reported in the Bulletin of the Department (pp. 1-2).

According to the American law, owners of antiquities are free to dispose of their items as they wish. This can be legal, but for me it is a highly questionable practice from an ethical and cultural point of view. Moreover, and once again, where do all these masks come from?

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5 thoughts on “Scott Carroll and mummy masks: update

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  3. I don’t know where Carroll gets his masks from, but this article sheds some light on the booming eBay trade.

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