Last Update 19:30
Monday, 21 October 2019

Collection of Egyptian artefacts seized in Italy arrive in Cairo: Airport sources

Ahram Online , Saturday 30 Jun 2018
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo (File photo: Reuters)
Views: 5269
Views: 5269

Egypt on Friday received 118 ancient Egyptian artefacts that were recovered by the Italian authorities in March, Cairo airport sources told Egypt's state news agency MENA.

The relics were among thousands of pieces of various national origins originally found by Italian police in Naples, the Egyptian foreign ministry said last month. The Egyptian collection included pottery vessels from different eras, sarcophagus parts, coins, and objects from the country’s Islamic period.

Egypt's antiquities ministry officials said the objects were found during illegal excavation, and no Egyptian museums hold records of the artefacts.

Egypt has dismissed reports that the shipment was discovered in a container belonging to an Egyptian diplomat and said it belonged to an Italian citizen.

Over the period from March 2016 to May 2018, Egypt recovered around 1,000 artefacts that had been smuggled to 10 different countries, antiquities minister Khaled El-Anany said during a cabinet meeting earlier this week.


Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.