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Archaeology: A Secret History - BBC Four 

Episode 2 “The Search for Civilisation”

The British Museum has lots of ancient Egyptian art and artifacts.

During the 18th century there was a rivalry between France and Britain, a competition that also affected ancient history and civilizations. They wanted to own the planet and they wanted to own the past. Both countries strived to build the very best collections in the entire world. It was a question of national pride,

When Nelson defeated the French at the Battle of the Nile (1798) the British claimed that the French archaeological and scientific discoveries in Egypt were property of the British Crown.

-With Professor Stephanie Moser, University of Southampton-


The British Museum, London, UK

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