Egypt’s ancient treasures being lost to looters

17 Feb 2013 12:58 PM | Anonymous

Egypt’s ancient treasures being lost to looters
By Betsy Hiel
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013, 10:20 p.m.

DAHSHOUR, Egypt undefined From a distance, it looks as though an animal has burrowed around the 4,000-year-old Black Pyramid of Amenemhat III.

But thieves dug these holes. And Egyptian archaeologist Monica Hanna calls that “a catastrophe.”

“See the ancient mud bricks?” says Hanna, 29, peering into a pit. “It is very well structured.”

She walks to another, followed by three pyramid custodians, and points into the 25-foot hole with a tunnel to one side. Here, she says, looters exposed what might be a burial shaft.

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