Egypt has a new archeological milestone as more than ten well-preserved, 2,500-year-old coffins are unearthed and opened in Egypt on Saturday.
For many people, the discovery was great news, and it adds to the knowledge about the country’s once-great civilization.
However, some people found the opening of coffins disconcerting and not appropriating Egyptian culture.
Thus a Twitter war on appropriation ensued.
Imagine People From Foreign Lands Digging Up Your Ancestor’s Grave
One Twitter user, Miles Morales, is one of the first who ignited the fight over appropriating the action of opening the coffin.
Morales shared a video showing some experts opening a coffin in Egypt.
“Can you imagine if people from a foreign land tried to come to America (and) dig up George Washington or Thomas Jefferson’s grave,” Miles wrote on Twitter.
He added that there would be “outrage,” especially if those people put those bodies in “their museums.”
Some people are quick to point out that there are Egyptian archaeologists who took part in the excavations of the coffin.
Some people, however, defended Miles post saying, the opening of the tomb of dead people itself is what’s disturbing.
Stop Applying Westernized Lenses Everywhere
One Twitter user who identifies herself as an Egyptian took a jab against Morales’ post and implies he has a “westernized viewpoint.”
Twitter user Anthony Eden calls the post “condescending.”
“So Egyptians digging up their own history to learn more about a dead culture— is offensive?” Twitter user Anthony Eden asked in her post.
She added that she hates how foreigners think it’s their “job” to tell them how things should be.
In another post, she pointed out that there are Egyptians who helped dig the coffin in the video, and foreigners are “erasing” natives’ viewpoints and not “defending” them.
Another Twitter user, Behemoth, found Morales’ view “very ethnocentric.”
What is the Real Deal?
The Egyptian government, through its Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, hosted an event of opening a coffin on Saturday, said a CNET report.
Archaeologists initially found around 13 coffins in good condition at a burial site in Saqqara Necropolis in Egypt.
The Saqarra is located 20 miles south of Cairo.
The count as of Saturday is now at 59 coffins.
Moreover, experts believe the coffins contain high-ranking Egyptians, including priests.