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Egypt Confirms Looting, Vandalism of Saqqara and Other Antiquity Sites – NatGeo News Watch

Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s Minister of State for Antiquity Affairs, said today that tombs in Saqqara and Abusir and storage areas in Saqqara and other archaeological sites had been broken into during the recent political turmoil in the country. There had also been reports of illegal excavations and land invasion, he added.

His statement confirms numerous reports from unoffcial sources, including archaeologists, that Saqqara and other sites were looted or damaged during the disruption of the country’s administration.

“The tomb of Hetep-Ka, in Saqqara, was broken into, and the false door was stolen along with objects stored in the tomb,” Hawass said in a statement distributed to the media by the Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs. “In Abusir, a portion of the false door was stolen from the tomb of Re-Hotep.”

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Egypt Confirms Looting, Vandalism of Saqqara and Other Antiquity Sites – NatGeo News Watch.

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