Tomb raiders threaten Egyptian heritage

Published on April 5th, 2013 | by Admin

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The elimination of Mubarak’s police services have left Egyptian archaeological sites unprotected and at the mercy of gangs of looters.

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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Story: Catrina Stewart, USA Today | Photo: Catrina Stewart, USA Today

 

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