Monday, October 1, 2018

Police arrest 3 people for illegally excavating pharaonic tombs in Sohag - Egypt Independent

Police arrest 3 people for illegally excavating pharaonic tombs in Sohag

By Al-Masry Al-Youm <>
October 1, 2018
12:33 pm
Police in Sohag governorate, Upper Egypt arrested three people on Sunday for illegally excavating
for artifacts in the neighborhood of al-Kawthar.

Cooperating with the Tourism and Antiquities Police, the three people led the authorities down to
the excavation site, which was dug at a width of three meters and three meters deep, leading into
three ancient *pharaonic* era tombs which only contained bones.

A patrol from the Sohag Criminal Investigations Department was inspecting the mountainous area
adjacent to al-Kawthar when they spotted three people roaming the area suspiciously.

When police asked them what they were doing, they confessed to digging for antiquities in the area.

Examination of their cell phones revealed that they had taken photos of them digging inside the
tombs. Preliminary investigations revealed that the diggers did not find any statues or *pharaonic*
treasures, even after admitting they had been excavating for several days.

After seizing the excavation site, a report with the incident has been registered and the Public
Prosecution notified for further investigation.

/Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm/

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