Posts made in April, 2013

Egyptians Illiegally Burying Dead near Pyramids

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in Archaeology | 0 comments

The pyramids of Dahshur, which are among Egypt’s oldest and most well-preserved pyramids, are being encroached upon by modern people who have no place else to bury their dead.

The land surrounding these pyramids is protected from being built upon by the government, but that has not stopped more than 1,000 tombs from being placed within these boundaries. The area’s old cemetery has filled up, leaving its inhabitants without a place to bury their dead. Since the cemetery reached capacity, people have created an annex on the protected pyramid lands.

bent pyramidOne of the more troubling aspects of this is that many looters are using the grave digging business as an excuse to unearth and steal artifacts they find. These looters create dangerous situations as reports indicate that they sometimes wait in ambush and attack archaeologists working on the site.

This is becoming a widespread issue across the country, as the police force has become increasingly ineffectual as a result of Egypt’s recent revolution. Meanwhile, the people have become more confident in standing up to and fighting authority. The nation is also suffering from economic downturn, limited housing, and a drop in tourism.

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Stolen Spanish Tapestry Traced to Houston Office

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Stolen Artifacts | 0 comments

A 500-year-old tapestry that was stolen from a Spanish cathedral in 1979 has been returned to Spain.

The beautifully-woven tapestry is known as “Virgin and Saint Vincent” and depicts the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus while flanked by three saints. The four foot by eight foot tapestry was found last July in a Houston-area nonprofit’s offices.  The company is reported to have purchased it for $369,000, but was unaware that the item was hot.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement turned the artifact back over to the Spanish government today in Washington D.C.

After a journey of more than three decades, the tapestry is finally returning to its proper position as an altarpiece in a northeastern Spain cathedral.

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