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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Arch news March 30-31st
 report on looting in the Fayyum:
"Armed groups have been digging for ancient artifacts at the Garza
archeological site in Fayoum, said eyewitnesses. Watchmen guarding
the area said the armed groups came to the site several times at night
with automatic weapons, forcing them to leave the area so that they
could dig and search for artifacts (..) leaving behind dozens of
deep holes."

...and some words from Zahi Hawass:
"(..) What shocked me the most during my visit to the area was
the damage inflicted on the archaeological sites by modern
people since the revolution started in late January. Villagers
forcefully moved onto 15 acres next to the Mastaba Faraun
and the pyramids of Pepi I and II; I am sure that this area
contains archaeological remains dating to the Old Kingdom,
over 4,000 years ago. The people built a cemetery with about
500 huge tombs, about 4m high and 6x5m wide. The people
who built these tombs intend to sell them.
In Abusir, an area that contains tombs from the 1st and 2nd
Dynasty, villagers took over 10 acres and built modern tombs
above the ancient tombs. A mosque has been built on the
5th Dynasty causeway of Djedkare-Isesi. All these illegal
structures have been seen by UNSECO representatives who
visited the area last week. (..)"

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