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Thieves Arrested in Egypt Trying to Break Apart Ancient Statue – NYTimes.com

Thieves Arrested in Egypt Trying to Break Apart Ancient Statue – NYTimes.com.

Two thieves were arrested last week trying to break apart an important 20-foot-tall statue of the pharaoh Ramses II embedded in a quarry in the southern city of Aswan, Egypt’s antiquities minister, Zahi Hawass, said in a phone interview. Mr. Hawass said that the thieves wrongly believed that the statue was hollow and had gold hidden inside it. They were caught by guards at the site, he said, comparing the thieves to the people who looted the Egyptian Museum on Jan. 28. Those looters were also looking for gold, according to Mr. Hawass, and for a fictitious substance called red mercury that is believed by “ignorant people” to have been used in mummification and to have magical properties.

 

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