Egyptian tomb raiders persist under poor economy

24 Mar 2013 2:28 PM | Anonymous

Egyptian tomb raiders persist under poor economy

Catrina Stewart, Special for USA TODAY9:08a.m. EDT March 24, 2013

Archaeologists say the elimination of Mubarak's police services left a security vacuum and an open invitation to trespass without fear of reprisal.

DAHSHUR, Egypt undefined An Egyptian archaeologist points to fresh motorcycle tracks on the desert sand, traces left by the gangs who dig under the cover of darkness for Pharaonic treasures.

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



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