More break-ins at Egypt's archaeological sites reported

Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 17 Feb 2011

Recent reports indicate that several archaeological sites have been vandalized. Sabry Abdel Aziz, head of the Pharaonic Sector of the Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs, reported on Thursday that the tomb of Hetep-Ka, in Saqqara, was broken into, and the false door was stolen along with objects stored in the tomb. In Abusir, a portion of the false door was stolen from the tomb of Re-Hotep. In addition, many magazines also suffered break-ins: magazines in Saqqara, including the one near the pyramid of Teti, and the magazine of Cairo University all had their seals broken. In an attempt to compile full reports of what is missing, a committee to determine what, if anything, is missing from these magazines has been established.

Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Zahi Hawwas stated that the Egyptian Military caught, and released, thieves attempting to loot the site of Tell el Basta and a tomb in Lischt. There have also been many reports of violations of archaeological sites in the form of the illegal building of houses and digging. All of the sector heads at the MSAA will be submitting full reports for each site in Egypt.

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