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Wall relief hacked out of 3,850 year-old Egyptian tomb

A colourful wall fragment has been illegal hacked out of an ancient Egyptian tomb. The fragment in question measures 30 by 50 centimeters (12 by 20 inches.) The archaeology mission, currently carrying out excavations where the tomb is located, has posted photos of the wall and the fragment before and after

Satellites used to identify “hot spots” of organized looting in Egypt

Researchers are using satellite imagery to identify hot spots of organized looting activity in Egypt. The closest comparison is Swiss cheese: holes in vast swaths of land where looters, armed with machine guns and bulldozers, take to ancient archaeological sites in search of loot. To the untrained eye, these holes, visible

Syrian archaeological sites in danger from looters

Business Week has posted an interesting article about the problem of looters in Syria. According to UNESCO, there are more endangered archaeological sites in Syria than anywhere else in the world. “We feel bitter and sad -- many sites have been destroyed before our eyes,” Mamoun Abdul-Karim, head of Syria’s Directorate-General

Tomb raiders threaten Egyptian heritage

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

Mexican drug smugglers profiting from illegal artifacts trade

Drug smugglers in Mexico are using their routes along the Texas-Mexico border to transport looted artifacts into the United States. “They would go out and dig something up, or go other co-conspirators and say, ‘Hey, we have an order for this type of artifact, do any of you all have it?’

Rare vase from 2nd century B.C. found in antique shop

Police in Spain have seized a rare vase which dates back to the 2nd century B.C. from an antique shop in El Campello. Authorities believe the vase was looted and have arrested the shop owner. The antiquity had been illegally plundered from an Iberian era archeological site in the province of

Greek looters receive life sentences

Two men convicted of dealing in ancient treasures, which were illegally excavated from a cemetery in northern Greece, have each received life sentences in jail. The court in the northern city of Thessaloniki jailed two more men for 20 and 16 years, respectively, after finding them guilty of digging up and

Illegal digs on the rise in Greece

Illegal digs are on the rise in Greece due to the economic crises. The trend, which is more evident in the country’s northwestern Macedonia region, is not only driven by economic necessity but also by the cash-strapped state’s failure to protect its ancient heritage. “Illegal digs have always been carried out around