Controversial security walls help protect Egypt’s antiquities

30 Apr 2014 9:35 AM | Anonymous

Controversial security walls help protect Egypt’s antiquities

Archaeological sites saved from rampant looting and encroachment

As looting continues at archaeological sites across Egypt, controversial security walls built in Cairo before the 2011 revolution have helped to protect vulnerable sites. In recent months, the archaeological site of Deir el-Ballas, about 40km north of Luxor, has been damaged by looters and encroachment, reports Peter Lacovara, a senior curator at the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta who excavated the site in the 1980s and recently revisited the area.

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