Among archaeologists who report rampant thefts of antiquities from their dig sites worldwide, U.S. archaeologists are unique in reporting run-ins with methamphetamine addicts bent on looting dig sites.

From Italy’s Etruscan tombs to Egypt’s ancient pyramids to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temples, thieves have pillaged ancient heritage sites for centuries, and a new survey finds looting widespread in both wealthy and poor nations.

Hobbyist “pot hunters” have long disturbed U.S. archaeological sites looking for early Native American artifacts to steal or sell, but anecdotal reports of “meth heads” invading sites adds a new worry for scholars.

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