Saturday 15 June 2013

Aswan Tombs Raided by Armed Artefact Hunters

The lack of security in Egypt continues to negatively affect archaeological sites, especially those located in remote areas.
Three dozen members of an armed gang invaded and stole the contents of five tombs from the Qubbet Al-Hawa (The Dome of The Winds) ancient Egyptian necropolis on Aswan's west bank. [...] antiquities guards are not well-armed to stand against these gangs of looters.
In any case do we really want to see one bloke shoot another over some pots and stuff? I'd say the blame lies for the looting lies on those that buy stuff from the guys who buy stuff from the guys in the criminal gangs with guns. Would you be one of those people?

Nevine El-Aref, 'Ancient Egyptian noble tombs of 'virgin site' looted', Ahram online Saturday 15 Jun 2013

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