Of all the thieves through the ages, far and away the most accomplished were those in ancient Egypt. No pikers, they went after treasure: Gold, silver, gems. Nor did they have far to look. However well hidden, they found it. Pyramids housing pharaohs and their wealth for the next world were filled with curses and booby traps.
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The robbers ignored the former and circumvented the latter, stripping the burial chambers of their valuables. Unable to prevent this, the powers-that-be gave up on scenic pyramids and went in for far distant, subterranean mausoleums. But no sooner was the body mummified and placed in a sarcophagus than the tomb raiders were doing their dirty work at the hidden site.
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