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Archaeological committee to inspect the looted El-Hibeh site

In response to concerns about raids on the site, the antiquities ministry has sent a committee to inspect the area

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 10 Apr 2012
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An archaeological committee from the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) embarked today on an inspection tour at the El-Hibeh archaeological site in Beni Suef, as well as other sites that were subjected to looting after the 2011 revolution.

Abdel-Hamid Maarouf, head of the ancient Egyptian antiquities department and head of the committee, told Ahram Online that the tour includes the El-Hibeh and Ehnasia sites in Beni Suef and Dahshour in Giza. The committee aims to check the losses as well as tighten security measures at the sites.

On 25 March, Ahram Online published an article about a new Facebook page launched by well-known American archeologist Carol Redmount, which aimed to rescue the El-Hibeh archaeological site. The site is considered to be crucial for understanding ancient Egyptian history, as it is the least disturbed city mound from the third intermediate period (1070BC - 664BC).

The lack of security in the aftermath of the January 25 Revolution has led to raids on various ancient monuments, including at the El-Hibeh site.

Night raids on the antiquities were being carried out by an unknown person from El-Ogra, a village north of the site, who has not been caught.

“The upshot was that a local 'gangster' from El-Ogra… had formed a sort of mafia focused on looting the site,” Redmount wrote on the Facebook page. "His 'gang' has continued to steal from the site on a 'massive scale.' ”

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18-04-2012 04:48am
Save Ancient Egyptian Heritage!
Since the Muslim Brotherhood likes to pronounce that it is working in the best interests of Egypt and Egyptians, surely it would include in its plans, a show of respect and concern for Egyptian heritage by saving the Ancient Egyptian temples and sites from looting and desecration! After all, NOT ONE of the contemporary religions in Egypt would exist if the Ancient Egyptians and their pantheon belief in Gods did not create such a unique and creative civilization. Sadly, modern Egypt is much less tolerant and has lost all of the knowledge that was born out of Ancient Egypt. All you hear and see about now are the religious extremists (who want the freedom to ban everything they disagree with, just don't ban their freedom of religion), as well as the endless protests that have modern Egypt trapped in some kind of bemused, mindless cycle of fear and finger-pointing. Hopefully the Egyptian people will get it together and release that their Ancient Egyptian sites brought billions of tourism d
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