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Tomb raiders exploiting chaos in Egypt


Posted on Thursday, 1 August, 2013 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: questionmark


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Some of Egypt's most important archaeological treasures are at risk of being stolen by grave robbers.

The country's recent political chaos has left many sites unprotected and in danger of being looted by opportunistic thieves. Some sites, undisturbed for thousands of years, are being excavated by amateurs who hope to cash in on timeless relics lying beneath the sands. Authorities admit that there is little they can do to stop it and remain concerned that some of Egypt's most valuable treasures could be lost forever.

"Antiquities theft is a very profitable business," said Professor Nur el-Din. "The government must make it a priority to stop the illegal excavations."

"Egypt's cultural heritage is in danger. Grave robbers, sometimes heavily armed, are taking advantage of political chaos to plunder its poorly guarded archaeological sites."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 31 July, 2013, 19:56
Wasn't there a story like this few months ago or last year?
Comment icon #2 Posted by questionmark on 31 July, 2013, 20:00
Wasn't there a story like this few months ago or last year? Every time a country with rich history plunges into chaos there is a story like this.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ancient astronaut on 1 August, 2013, 15:51
Yes story earlier this year on this very subject.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hobbit Feet on 1 August, 2013, 16:06
I can't imagine that any tomb hasn't been disturbed for thousands of years if anyone knew about it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 2 August, 2013, 5:10
Very sad. Important history will be lost because of these robber's.
Comment icon #6 Posted by javierrodriquez on 2 August, 2013, 10:55
Such a pity villa saint tropez.
Comment icon #7 Posted by javierrodriquez on 2 August, 2013, 10:56
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Comment icon #8 Posted by questionmark on 2 August, 2013, 13:29
pictures related to the story: http://www.spiegel.d...ecke-99734.html
Comment icon #9 Posted by meryt-tetisheri on 2 August, 2013, 14:02
This is both shameful and heartbreaking! The broken mummy head on the museum floor looks particularly sad. Security needs to be restored first, and then a larger budget should be allocated to the protection of archaeological sites. However, the problem will always remain, the temptation of the high black market prices of ancient artifacts coupled with periods of economic distress and political chaos will not go away in the near future. In certain areas of Upper Egypt, stumbling on artifacts by sheer coincidence is not unheard of. That the present education system practically ignores or glosses... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Eldorado on 2 August, 2013, 18:39
Every time a country with rich history plunges into chaos there is a story like this. Especially if Angelina Jolie is visiting.


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