Egypt’s government cracks down on illicit sales

04 Nov 2013 5:01 PM | Anonymous

Egypt’s government cracks down on illicit sales

The country’s antiquities ministry has its eyes peeled as looted objects appear in foreign markets

This ancient Egyptian wooden coffin lids, cut in half into suitcase-sized pieces, was seized by Israeli authorities in a shop in Jerusalem. Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

Organised gangs have looted sites across the country, due to a lack of security following Egypt’s January 2011 revolution, and have exported artefacts to foreign buyers. In recent months, the government has cracked down on illicit sales as the objects come to market.

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