The battle for Egypt’s ancient Roman site, Antinopolis

21 May 2013 9:20 AM | Anonymous

The battle for Egypt’s ancient Roman site, Antinopolis

Archaeologists denounce the “disgraceful” plundering of the city, built by emperor Hadrian

“It’s a battle,” says Rosario Pintaudi, an Italian archaeologist from the Vitelli Papyrological Institute, Florence. “Groups of children pass by us, grinning, armed with spades with which they dig out artefacts and sell them.”

Leading archaeologists have denounced the poor state of conservation of the Roman remains at Antinopolis in Egypt, the city built by the emperor Hadrian, who ruled Rome from 117AD to 138AD. The revolution that swept through the country in 2011 and the subsequent exit of its president, Hosni Mubarak, who is currently in jail facing corruption charges, have affected the security and conservations of many historical sights in the country, especially those that are far from major city centres. Antinopolis, located near the Nile over 30km south of the nearest large town, Minya, is a perfect target.

 

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/The-battle-for-Egypts-ancient-Roman-site-Antinopolis/29604

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