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Antiquity thieves' tunnels uncovered

Antiquity thieves' tunnels uncovered | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

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Since the revolution in Egypt, large holes have been appearing in the ground close to places of archaeological significance, such as the Great Pyramids at Giza.

As the BBC's Aleem Maqbool discovered, it seems that people have been digging underground tunnels in order to find archaeological treasures.

The problem extends to southern Egypt too, and to Luxor, once the great ancient capital city known as Thebes.

Over the last two years, the police there have been inundated with audacious cases of people tunnelling for antiquities.

The security forces gave the BBC some extraordinary video footage they had taken of the vast tunnel networks that have been discovered.

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Des hommes armés attaquent et pillent des sites archéologiques

Des hommes armés attaquent et pillent des sites archéologiques | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Des sources sécuritaires de haut niveau au Gouvernorat de Suez ont affirmé dimanche soir que des « voyous » avaient profité de l’état d’insécurité actuel pour attaquer le Musée de Suez et le Palais de Mohamed Ali. Ils ont détruit une partie de leurs contenus et ont pillé un nombre d’objets d’art et de bijoux.

 

Après avoir détruit la porte d’entrée principale du Musée, les malfrats ont volé des parties d’un bateau pharaonique. D’autres ont partiellement détruit et incendié la façade du Palais et pris des outils de restauration et des objets d’art, en utilisant des armes automatiques.

 

 

 

قالت مصادر أمنية رفيعة المستوى، بمديرية أمن السويس، مساء الأحد، إن عددًا من «البلطجية»، استغلوا حالة ...

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Egyptian tomb raiders persist under poor economy

Egyptian tomb raiders persist under poor economy | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Dozens of burial tombs untouched for millennia lie open and ransacked of their contents. Mounds of earth signal the location of other illicit excavations.

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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