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August 7 2013

Vanishing Treasures: Tomb Raiders Exploit Chaos in Egypt


Egypt's cultural heritage is in danger. Grave robbers, sometimes heavily armed, are taking advantage of political chaos to plunder its poorly guarded archaeological sites. Authorities feel powerless to stop them and fear that ancient treasures might be lost forever.

A few hundred meters from the pyramids of Dahshur, the sandy-brown earth is full of holes.

Related: Unchecked looting guts Egypt’s heritage, with one ancient site ‘70 percent gone’

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