Looting Egypt: Abu Sir Al-Maleq

08 Jun 2013 12:32 PM | Anonymous

Looting Egypt: Abu Sir Al-Maleq

Daily News Egypt / June 5, 2013 / 0 Comments and 50 Reactions / 4497 Views

The state of looting in Abu Sir Al-Maleq in Beni Suef has reached an alarming level

2000 year-old human remains are scattered across the site after the looters contaminated the site and ruined it. (Photo by Monica Hanna)

2000 year-old human remains are scattered across the site after the looters contaminated the site and ruined it.
(Photo by Monica Hanna)

By Monica Hanna and Salima Ikram

The looting of antiquities sites, both urban and rural, is continuing throughout Egypt, contributing to the dramatic loss of the country’s heritage. Unfortunately, with police and military presence at archaeological and urban sites still insufficient, there is no one to stop the looting.

The increase in looting is allied to the worsening economic situation in Egypt, coupled with the lack of security. People still think that pharaonic sites are filled with gold and treasures, just waiting to be dug up, so now, with no one to stop them, more people are looking for the nearest place where they can go dig for gold, then other artefacts that they can sell for immediate revenue.

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/06/05/looting-egypt-abu-sir-al-maleq/

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