Egypts tomb raiders put precious monuments in real danger

11 Mar 2013 11:05 AM | Anonymous

Egypts tomb raiders put precious monuments in real danger

EGYPT faces the permanent loss of its most sacred historical treasures unless President Mohamed Morsi takes immediate steps to control illegal development and curb looting, warned the country’s most eminent archaeologist last night.

By: Marco GiannangeliPublished: Sun, March 10, 2013  0Comments  Pyramids and other momuments are under threat

The warning follows the recent construction of a modern cemetery on the site of one of the world’s first pyramids in the Unesco-protected site of Dahshur, pictured above.

More than 4,500-years-old, the edifice of the Black Pyramid of Amenemhat II now lies pockmarked “like Swiss cheese” as looters brazenly carry out nighttime excavations to find and plunder treasures.

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