So I heard this theory on social media for the first time. Anyone know the SD on it?
The claim is that western archeologists/collectors deliberately defaced (literally) ancient Egyptiam statues to remove sub-saharan African features. Specifically the post I was reading said wide “African” noses (like those in the recently uncovered temple: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46580264) were removed.
Are there examples of that happening? I think it goes without saying there has been A LOT of racism in the last couple of centuries of excavation and collection of Egyptian archeology (carried out as it was largely by white nothern Europeans), some of which continues to this day. And a lot in that that archeology doesn’t fit with the racist theories of the day. But are there examples of deliberate defacing to make statues look less African?