Looting of Antiquities

  • Posted on: 11 August 2016
  • By: mprythero

What follows is mostly links to Arabic language sites with pictures and news reports of looting of ancient Egyptian antiquities.  Many web browsers will translate them into a broken English.  Most telling are the before and after satellite photos of Lisht in this facebook page.  I would like to point out the limestone lid to a sarcophagus thrown to the side and the excavator tracks.
* News from Egypt's Heritage Task Force:
-- (Oct. 2) Encroachment upon the site of Gebelein. Photos:
<https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.439459632829940.1073741870.122762121166361&type=1>
-- (Oct. 13) Blog report (in Arabic) about the serious neglect of the
archaeological site of Tell al-Yahudiya:
<http://shibinalqanatir.blogspot.de/2013/10/blog-post.html>
-- (Oct 12-14) "A looter has just been caught in the act in
Mit Rahina with a stela of a 25th Dynasty King who was illicitly
digging behind the temple of Ptah and is currently in el-Badrasheen
police station on his way to the prosecutor's office."
The object was recovered, see press report (in Arabic) with photo:
<http://moheet.com/news/newdetails/724444/1/%D8%B6%D8%A8%D8%B7-%D9%86%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B4-%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A8-%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A3%D8%AD%D9%83%D8%A7%D9%85-%D9%88%D8%A8%D8%AD%D9%88%D8%B2%D8%AA%D9%87-%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%AB%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%A3%D8%AB%D8%B1.html>
-- (Oct. 22) "Gebelein and Gheriza site looting and destruction:
Google earth photographs show the looting on the site, along with the
destruction and modern constructions on the rest of the site." Photos:
<https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.715743528455711.1073741856.648057078557690&type=1>
-- (Oct. 25) In Nuweiba in the eastern Sinai, a transport of 600
smuggled Egyptian antiquities was discovered, hidden in a truck
heading to Jordan -- most of them ushabtis. Photos:
<https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.619031861473814.1073742745.181662475210757&type=3>
-- (Oct. 27) "Looting continues in the cemetery around Amenemhet I
and Senusert I pyramids and even in Senusert I pyramid itself. The local
cemetery built on the mortuary temple of the pyramid of Amenemhet I
has grown and looting can be observed around the modern burials.
The extension of looting stretches to several of the Middle Kingdom
officials cemetery and is completely left unguarded." Photos:
<https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.701072649922799.1073741847.648057078557690&type=1>
-- (Nov. 2) Arabic press report about systematic looting in the
Abu Simbel area:
<http://www.almasryalyoum.com/node/2258941>
-- (Nov. 3 ) Arabic press report about looting:
<http://www1.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1324449&SecID=12>
In 2012, the offical number of illegal digs was 5,697 since the Revolution
(100 times more than in 2011), and there were 1467 cases of illegal trade
in antiquities and 130 cases of smuggling.

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