The looters “work from sunset to sunrise. It’s systematic; it’s open; it’s in front of everyone,” says Monica Hanna, 29, an archaeologist.
Tomb raiding in Egypt dates to antiquity; however, since the fall of former dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the plunder appears to have become more widespread, and more professional.
The thieves are organized in gangs; some are armed and violent. The tomb sites were guarded well for decades but after Mubarak’s ouster the once-feared police services simply melted away.
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