As things start to settle down in Egypt, reports about looting and damage to artefacts and sites start to emerge. For example, Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass has now confirmed that 18 items have disappeared from the Egyptian Museum, probably stolen during a break-in on 28th January. The list includes a statue of Tutankhamun.
See the short report on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12442863
However, it is perhaps more disturbing to read that the theft would be an acceptable justification for the “dispersal” of major artefacts through the world. http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2011/02/where-does-king-tut-belong.html
I think I have about a thousand problems with this person’s statement but I could see it coming. For now I will only say that if this was to happen in a fair and consistent way, we should start by dispersing not only all treasures but also all wealth.
At the other end are those who argue it is wrong to think of artefacts when human lives have been lost, such as one of the responses to the AAA's "Signs Statement of Support for Egypt" http://www.aaanet.org/issues/policy-advocacy/Egypt-Letter.cfm posted on Zero Anthropology http://zeroanthropology.net/2011/02/05/the-american-anthropological-association-and-egypt-its-mostly-about-the-artifacts/