El Hibeh 19 April 2012

El Hibeh looting pits

El Hibeh looting pits all over the mound

From the Hibeh Excavation Team

On the very last day of the season, much of which was spent reviewing previously excavated material that we were allowed to take to Ihnasya, we were allowed to visit El Hibeh with heavy police guard. The main task was to bury exposed human bodies that looters have strewn all over the site. We thank all the employees of the Ministry of Antiquities who made the visit possible. The visit was severely depressing and emotional. Looting continues on a vast scale with massive pits appearing since Carol’s last visit only a few weeks ago.

El Hibeh mummy remains

Destroyed mummy on burial textiles a few meters south of destroyed excavation trench. Now reburied.

El Hibeh looter pits

Looter pits looking towards North Gate.

El Hibeh remains of a child mummy

Child's foot. Truly outrageous. Now reburied.

El Hibeh huge looter's pit

Limestone doorframe and mudbrick structures exposed by looters. The sheer scale of the pit and destruction is unbelievable. — with Rabee Akl and Carol Redmount.

Gathering mummy parts for reburial at El Hibeh

Gathering mummy parts for reburial

Coptic era pottery broken at El Hibeh

Coptic era pottery broken at El Hibeh

Tomb or other structures exposed and explored by looters at El Hibeh

Tomb or other structures exposed and explored by looters.

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