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Looters’ Tunnels Dot Egyptian Landscape

Friday, March 29, 2013

CAIRO, EGYPT—This video footage from Egyptian police shows several illegal tunnels dug by people looking for archaeological treasures near the Great Pyramids of Giza, in Luxor, and in Dahshur. The tunnels have even been found within people’s homes. Reporter Aleem Maqbool from BBC News was able to find a tunnel on his own, in addition to artifacts for sale on the black market. Hosni Hussain, Head of the Tourism and Antiquities Police in Luxor, says that illegal digging has always happened, and although it increased after the revolution, the police are aware of the problem and have recovered all stolen items.