Police arrest illegal excavators in Luxor, Aswan

Tourism and antiquities police in Upper Egypt have seized 17 artifacts while on a mission targeting illegal excavators in Luxor and Aswan.

A security source said police had received a tip that illegal excavators were searching for ancient relics in Luxor and Aswan.

Two such attempts were foiled in Esna, south of Luxor and a third attempt was foiled in Aswan.

The same source said the relics belonged to the Roman era.

The relics include pots, parts of a painting, a censer and pieces of stoneware.  Excavators had dug a 10-meter deep hole in the ground to retrieve them.

The relics were confiscated and the suspects referred for investigations.

Translated from DPA

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