An update to this story: Rogue amateur archaeologists stole samples to “prove” a conspiracy theory
Nine suspects including three German nationals and six Egyptians were referred to criminal court in Giza for seizing and facilitating seizure of artifacts from King Cheops (Khufu) pyramid and smuggling them abroad.
The suspects were three German nationals, three Antiquities Ministry inspectors, two guards of Giza pyramids and a tourism agency owner. All, held pending pending investigations except two German nationals who fled abroad, were referred to court. Measures are being taken by prosecution to arrest the runaway and restore the smuggled items.
The Egyptian suspects enabled the German archaeologists, Dominique Goerlitz and Stefan Erdmann, to enter the tomb with cameras and sharp tools which is against official regulations. The artifacts were removed and smuggled out of the country. The amateur archaeologists claim that they conducted studies that showed an alternative history of the pyramids. An Egyptian contingent was sent to Germany to retrieve the items (Ed. note: Not clear if they were returned.)
The suspects denied all the charges even though there is video of the German suspects removing the artifacts. How could they deny that they BROKE the law? They certainly did remove the artifacts, there is no doubt about that. Regardless of their “scientific” intentions, it does not excuse the acts.
The Ministry of the State of Antiquities prohibited any archaeological cooperation with Dresden University, who supported the work of the German archaeologists, as well as the scientific laboratory where the artifacts were analysed.
More on the case: Playing-with-Egypt’s-heritage – Al-Ahram Weekly.
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