Tony Browder, who is spending much of his time uncovering the tomb of two 25th dynasty Egyptians, was in Washington at Sankofa Bookstore over the Memorial Day Weekend to garner support for his anthropological study with Dr. Elena Pischikova, who discovered the tombs in Luxor, Egypt in 2006. Browder has about 100 donors from the 400 he seeks to pledge $120 ($10 per month) to fund the historic work. "We have to pay for every thing from scaffolders to limestone," he says.
He spoke on an array of subjects from the living conditions in Egypt to Tyler Perry. The Chicago native says despite the January uprisings in Egypt he feels safer there than he does in many parts of the United States, but that there has been a 97% drop in tourists coming to Egypt since the revolution. And with many of the laborers he hires for the excavation living in "4th world" conditions, they have become more dependent on working with him since the uprisings. The work is hard he explained, "we work in 100 to120 degree temperatures and in pits 20 feet below the surface."
Browder is still baffled, however, on how much Black Americans have remained passive to serious work and questioned how a people can still spend countless money "to see a Negro wearing a dress playing Medea." However, Browder is looking forward to Will Smith's movie on the Egyptian Pharaoh Tahraka, though he is not hopeful that it will be historically accurate. "Its success will show that we have matured beyond Medea," he continued.
Photo: (top) Anthony Browder and his daughter Atlantis in the recently discovered burial chamber of a 25th Dynasty priest named Karakhamun. Browder is director of the ASA Restoration Project which is funding the excavation of Karakhamun's tomb in Luxor, Egypt. (right) Tahraka.
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