And in the meantime back at the Ramesseum there wasn’t a single tourist… The different fragments of Ozymandias had been moved yet once again, awaiting who knows what kind of treatment…
And though the mighty Ramesses still sleeps, his feet are now placed on his pedestal… and in the not all that distant future he might even be looking out over the fields…
If this is restoration, and not conservation, then it begs the question as to for whom this is being done… with so many other sites in the area, it seems doubtful that more tourists will come to this peaceful place… and the ambience will also be gone forever… and what new archaeological insights could be gathered by undertaking this project??? Are the reasons not more prosaic, like commemorating the present, just because it is possible.???
And a restoration of his face, if done… how true is that???
Comment: Almost one year has passed since the above was written, and according to obtained information from a presumably reliable source, there are no current plans by the archaeological team to resurrect Ozymandias… the moving of the various small fragments of the collossus have been done as a part of cleaning up the site and making it more understandable to visitors… Hopefully this will be the case, and that The Antiquities Service does not have more grandious plans… There are after all enough collossii being raised in the area of the funeral temple of Amenhotep III… 11th January 2014
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