The secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities is building legal cases against museums and scholars who handle looted objects.
Per-Ankh: Ancient Egypt
Egyptian Crackdown - Looters and Tomb Robbers
Egyptian Crackdown - Looters and Tomb Robbers
Egyptian Crackdown - Looters and Tomb Robbers

A news article on the looting and tomb robbing of ancient cultures, whose objects turn up in Museum Collections. There is a section towards the middle of the article on Ancient Egypt.

Zahi Hawass is striving to protect undiscovered treasures. The secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities is building legal cases against museums and scholars who handle looted objects. After taking office in 2002, Hawass banned from Egypt any academic or institution that cooperates with antiquities dealers.

A news article on the looting and tomb robbing of ancient cultures, whose objects turn up in Museum Collections. The is a section towards the middle of the article on Ancient Egypt.

Zahi Hawass is striving to protect undiscovered treasures. The secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities is building legal cases against museums and scholars who handle looted objects. After taking office in 2002, Hawass banned from Egypt any academic or institution that cooperates with antiquities dealers.

"The problem of Western museums is, they buy stolen artifacts,'' says Hawass, 58, sporting an Indiana Jones-style hat that shades his forehead. "That is very bad.''

Hawass is battling looters at Saqqara, in the desert 12 miles (19 kilometers) south of Cairo. Best known for King Djoser's 4,800-year-old stepped pyramid, a precursor to the Giza pyramids, Saqqara was the necropolis for the ancient capital of Memphis. Many of Saqqara's tombs are unexplored, making them prizes for archaeologists and looters alike.

Robbers smashed the carved walls of the tomb of Hetepka, a hairdresser to the royals. They extracted a false door, a stone slab carved with hieroglyphs that ancient Egyptians believed was a pathway to the afterlife. U.K. police recovered the door, and the tomb has largely been restored, Hawass says.

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