Archaeologists Warn of Pillaged Egypt as U.S. Weighs Tougher Antiquities Laws

03 Jun 2014 1:23 PM | Anonymous

Archaeologists Warn of Pillaged Egypt as U.S. Weighs Tougher Antiquities Laws

Officials and coin dealers debate proposed restrictions on antiquities.

Looters dig through the sand, sifting and unearthing Roman and Pharaonic antiquities to sell on June 26, 2013 in Sheikh Ibada, Egypt.

Looters dig for artifacts at Antinopolis.

PHOTOGRAPH BY ANN HERMES/CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR VIA GETTY IMAGES

Dan Vergano

National Geographic

Published June 3, 2014

Looters will strip Egypt of most of its archaeological heritage within the next quarter century, an archaeologist warned at a U.S. State Department hearing this week.

"Wholesale looting is occurring all over Egypt, and we are seeing a big spike that came after the revolution," says archaeologist Sarah Parcak, who testified on Monday, opening a three-day hearing at the State Department. "If we don't do something to stop it, most sites in Egypt will be gone in 25 years."

Satellites, including some that are part of a program spearheaded by Parcak, have revealed that the illicit digging in Egypt is widespread. (Related: "Looters Shatter Museum.")

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140603-egypt-looting-hearing-law-state-coins/

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