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Ancient Egyptian noble tombs of 'virgin site' looted

A nobles' tomb site, not yet fully excavated, has been looted in Aswan

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 15 Jun 2013
Qubbet Al-Hawa necropolis
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Three dozen members of an armed gang invaded and stole the contents of five tombs from the Qubbet Al-Hawa (The Dome of The Winds) ancient Egyptian necropolis on Aswan's west bank.

The lack of security in Egypt continues to negatively affect archaeological sites, especially those located in remote areas.

The Qubbet Al-Hawa necropolis is named after the domed tomb of a Muslim Sufi cleric located at the crest of the hill. The area consists of a large collection of rock-hewn tombs of ancient Egyptian nobles who ruled Aswan throughout the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms.

The tombs’ walls are decorated with vivid paintings as a sort of biography that depicts scenes of its owners’ daily life as well as their different titles. It also includes of hieroglyphic texts showing the noblemen’s journey to Africa.

"This is not the first time to have such an intrusion," an archaeologist in Aswan tells Ahram Online, who insisted on anonymity, fearing the gang members would attempt to assassinate him.

Our source reveals that since March the necropolis has been subjected to looting, as the archaeologists discovered on a routine tour.

Since Egypt's 2011 revolution there are no longer permanent Tourism and Antiquities Police security guards. Furthermore, antiquities guards are not well-armed to stand against these gangs of looters.

"We are asking the police to guard the necropolis permanently in order to protect a very distinguished archaeological site," assert the archaeologists.

Ministry of State for Antiquities archaeology consultant, Mohamed Hamada tells Ahram Online that the Aswan inspectorate reported the case to the police, who came the site, but the criminal still escaped. The ministry, he went on, sent an archaeological committee to inspect the invaded tombs in order to report on any loss.

Investigations are now taking place, said Hamad, and more procedures will be taken to protect the highly-distinguished ancient Egyptian site.

Former head of the ancient Egyptian sector at the ministry Mohamed El-Beiyali tells Ahram Online that the Qubbet Al-Hawa necropolis is a virgin site, which has not yet been totally excavated and its looting is a great loss, not only to humanity but to ancient Egyptian history.

The walls of these tombs, he added, bear scenes that relate the development of life of the nobles along the ancient Egyptian history and their relation with Africa

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lora stultz
18-06-2013 05:21am
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will go
Morsi and his advisers are BUSY TO FILL THEIR ACCOUNT WITH HEAVY $$$$$$ in Switzerland by following the agreement with the JEWS which is to DESTROY EGYPT!!!!As one year passed by and STILL NO POLICE ACTIVITY IS NOT A COINCIDENCE,but the part of the GAME ,AND IT IS VERY CLEAR NOW!!!!No security,NO job ,NO electricity ,NO water ,NO future,NO food! BUT we have the HOPE that he is [with his AMERICAN PASSPORT]going the disappear on the drain and will be JUST a BAD MEMORY!!!
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Farouk
17-06-2013 01:29pm
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What the minister is talking about to Al-Ahram?????
Thirty days into holding Egypt's antiquities portfolio, Ahmed Eissa has lodged a comprehensive plan with the interior ministry for securing museums and archaeological sites across the country. Eissa told Ahram Online that the plan aims not only to tighten security, but also to remove all negative encroachments on Egypt's museums and archaeological sites due of a lack of security nationwide since the January 2011 revolution. Such statements not reliable at all!!!
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Kevin
16-06-2013 03:39am
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Horrible..
Just horrible, when will Egypt care about its ancient past and protect these sites?
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