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Saturday, June 18, 2016
Back Home: Two Sarcophagi's Lids Recovered by Egypt From Israel
stolen and illegally smuggled sarcophagi lids returned Thursday afternoon to
Egypt from Israel. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
The Upper & The Lower Parts of The Sarcophagus' Lid
diplomatic and archaeological procedures, Egypt succeeded in returning the lids
of two sarcophagi that had been stolen and illegally smuggled out of the
Abdel Gawad, the general supervisor of the Antiquities Recuperation Department,
told Ahram Online that both lids were stolen through illegal excavations and
then smuggled out of the country to Jerusalem via Dubai through an Israeli
Gawad explained that the Israeli Antiquities Authority and the Jerusalem
Interpol noticed both lids in the showroom of an auction Hall in Jerusalem in
2012 and the Jerusalem Interpol reported the incident to the Egyptian Interpol
who in turn passed the information on to the antiquities ministry.
diplomatic procedures, both lids arrived safely to Cairo airport on Thursday
afternoon and are to be transported to the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir for
restoration and permanent display.
lids date back to the ancient Egyptian era and are carved in wood and painted
with coloured cartonage and decorated with hieroglyphic symbols.
is the second time that Egypt has recovered artefacts from Israel," Abdel
Gawad asserted, adding that the first time was during the 1990s, when Egypt
received a large collection of objects that had been excavated in Sinai by an
Israel archaeological mission during the country’s occupation of the peninsula.