Where did the looted Egyptian treasure go?

Probably not - possible pyramid sites discovered after perusing Google Earth.



Absolutely, at that time the stuff was being sold on the antiquities market rather than melted down - often being sold to tourists.

Some stuff ended up in surprising places. Like poor old Ramses I, who went from god-king of Egypt to scaring the kiddies as a sideshow attraction beside the “freaks of nature” exhibit in a tacky museum in Niagara Falls.



Concern over plundering and doing the plundering aren’t necessarily incompatible. It is probable that later kings robbed the tombs of earlier ones (we know some of the stuff ended up in later burials with the names of the earlier kings still on it!), and in effect ordered the priestly officials to assist in this, but that the priests did so with a certain amount of reluctance. Or looked at another way, officially sanctioned plundering was okay, but unsanctioned plundering was not.

Depends when where and how. There are stories of ancient papyrus copies of some of the oldest bibles and other stuff being used to statr fires. Once foreigners started buying stuff, the government tried to stop it so now you add risk to the situation. The Dier el Badr robbers, IIRC, one turned in the others for reward money and amnesty. One of the brothers dissappeared into Egyptian jails, never to be heard from…

Plus, “antiquities” is a relatively modern concept. People might value older items for some reasons, but without widespread scholarship and established history to validate articles, a pretty fake was just as valuable as a pretty relic - probably more so, being less worn by time. A statue loses some value when the nose is broken off; something that looks like an idol is blasphemous and if you keep it, you may be less than devout, etc…

Value for gold or silver was probably much higher than historical value. Before maybe 300 or 400 year ago, people really had no idea generally of the true nature and extent of history, especially of obscure foreign lands. Legends and fantasy might cary as much weight.

As pointed out above, some material was recycled. You can see some old Egyptian temple walls carved with sunken heiroglyphs about 4 or 5 inches deep, much deeper than they needed to be - this to make it too much work to steal and reuse the blocks. There’s a big difference between using material, statues, etc. from abandoned buildings or closed shrines, and actively digging into grandpa’s grave.

Thanks-the gold mask pictured in the link looks like King Tut’s.

Note this too from that link:

Recycled material.