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Investigations on in disappearence of 157 artefacts from Saqqara galleries

Did a collection of 157 ancient Egyptian artefacts disappear from Saqqara archaeological gallery? If so, who is responsible?

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 13 Feb 2016
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A report sent to Egypt's prosecutor general accusing the minister of antiquities and the director of Saqqara archaeological galleries of responsibility for the disappearance of 157 ancient Egyptian artefacts from Saqqara archaeological storage facilities has caught today's headline.

The report was sent by Egyptian lawyer Samir Sabri, who also requested a ban on their travelling out of the country.

According to Sabri, a reliable source inside the ministry told him that the 157 objects disappeared from Saqqara storage three years ago. Interpol has seized an authentic ancient Egyptian limestone relief on auction Switzerland. Its description matches the relief of "the seven oils" stored in Saqqara gallery #1.

Interpol asked the ministry of antiquities to make an inventory of all the Saqqara galleries, in order to verify the relief. Regretfully, Sabri said, the relief in Switzerland is the authentic piece and the one in Saqqara storage is a replica.

The supervisor of the minister of antiquities' office told Ahram Online that the ministry in 2014, during the tenure of former minister Mohamed Ibrahim, sent an official letter to the Public Funds Prosecution stating that the archaeological committee formed to select artefacts from Saqqara gallery #1, to transport them to the Grand Egyptian Museum overlooking Giza plateau, was responsible for a number of irregularities.

The supervisor continued saying that the ministry also sent a request to the prosecutor general in October to give the ministry a green light to make a comprehensive inventory of Saqqara storehouses, as well as undertake legal procedures, if required, but that no approval was given to the ministry, and that the case remains in the hands of the general prosecution.

Investigations are currently underway to clarify the situation.

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Aly Sadek - Toronto-Canada
13-02-2016 06:53pm
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Egypt...
.. THIS IS AN INSIDE JOB...START WITH THE MANAGER IN CHARGE , ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE DOORMEN AND GUARDS..... AND THIS IS HAPPENING EVERY HOUR...OF EVERY DAY ...ACROSS THE NATION. DISHONESTY IS ALL OVER THE PLACE..FROM STREET LEVEL TO GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVES...
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Sam Enslow
14-02-2016 05:03pm
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Exchanges
It is not uncommon to have artifacts sent on international tours. While they travel, copies are made. The original is sold; the copy returned to Egypt.
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Sam Enslow
13-02-2016 06:16pm
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The ancient treasures of Egypt stolen by the very same people who always attack the West for stealing them. The West did not steal them. They bought them from those Egyptians charged with guarding them. This is hardly the first time, and regrettably, it will not be the last.
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Sam Enslow
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The ancient treasures of Egypt stolen by the very same people who always attack the West for stealing them. The West did not steal them. They bought them from those Egyptians charged with guarding them. This is hardly the first time, and regrettably, it will not be the last.
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