Police thwart illegal excavation of artifacts in Aswan
Sun, 08/11/2015 - 14:22
Tourism police in Aswan said they thwarted an illegal attempt by a citizen to dig for antiquities beneath a house near the Ancient Egyptian Edfu Temple on Saturday.
A stone bearing inscriptions, as well as a Pharaonic lamp, were already in the possession of the 60-year-old fortune hunter upon his arrest, police said.
Excavations by fortune hunters have been on the rise since the 2011 uprising. Many ancient archaeological sites have since been looted.
Edited translation from MENA