Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Looting Egypt's Treasures

France24 reports on increased looting of archaeological sites since the "revolution" in Egypt:

The looters are excavating around the black pyramid and the bent pyramid every day and every night. When it’s dark, they even use bulldozers. They dig up such large areas that you can see where they’re working clearly on satellite images. There are a couple of guards at these pyramids, but they’re outnumbered. They have 9mm handguns; the looters have machineguns.

Villagers have built a new cemetery near the bent pyramid. [Editor’s Note: This construction has been carried out illegally.] Some are genuinely doing this to bury their relatives, because their old cemetery is full; however, I have also seen looters working there.

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