Collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts seized in Naples, Italy

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Police in Naples, Italy have seized a number of parcels filled with artefacts from several countries, including ancient Egyptian artefacts.

Collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts seized in Naples, Italy
Credit: Ministry of Antiquities

Shaaban Abdel-Gawad, the head of the Egyptian antiquities ministry’s Repatriation Department, said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported the incident to the Ministry of Antiquities, which assigned a special archaeological committee to confirm the authenticity of the seized artefacts by examining their photos.

Collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts seized in Naples, Italy
Credit: Ministry of Antiquities

Abdel-Gawad said that the objects were stolen from illegal excavation sites, as there is no record of them existing in any Egyptian museum or store gallery.

Collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts seized in Naples, Italy
Credit: Ministry of Antiquities

The artefacts include a collection of pottery from different pharaonic eras, as well as parts of sarcophagi and coins. Also among the artefacts were objects from the Islamic period.

Collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts seized in Naples, Italy
Credit: Ministry of Antiquities

Abdel-Gawad said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working with Italian authorities to return the objects to Egypt.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [May 24, 2018]

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