Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, May 20, 2011

I am unsure whether this is good news or not.  I can see both sides: modern encroachment is a problem; however, the local people went of their way to protect monuments and this seems like very poor repayment.

Today, MSA personnel, the police, and the army worked together to remove all of the new tombs that were built above the site of Mit Rahina. On Sunday, we will do this on the West Bank of Luxor and later, at Abusir and Lisht. After that, we plan to continue working to clean up all of the sites that were damaged by looters during and after the Revolution. This is really a happy day for all of us.
Report from Dr Hawass.

I fully support the clearances at places like Abusir and Lisht which are good news and welcome.  I just suspect that the West Bank might be a slighly less straightforward situation.

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