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In Photos: Egyptian authorities foil attempt to smuggle three artefacts from Alexandria port

The head of the Central Administration for Archaeological Ports and Units said an archaeological committee examined the pieces and proved their authenticity

Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 22 Oct 2020
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The archaeological unit at Alexandria port foiled an attempt to smuggle three artefacts made of porcelain and glass.

Hamdy Hammam, head of the Central Administration for Archaeological Ports and Units at Egyptian Ports, said the Alexandria Port Customs Office seized the three objects which were hidden inside a container that was to be exported and reported the case to the archaeological unit.

Hammam added an archaeological committee examined the pieces and proved their authenticity.

The artefacts were a porcelain lantern with inscriptions from the 19th century, a porcelain pear-shaped vessel with a round mouth from the same era, and a decorated glass vessel dating to the early Islamic era.

The committee confiscated the pieces for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in accordance with the Antiquities Protection Law 117/1983.

The pieces were stored at an archaeological gallery affiliated to the Supreme Council of Antiquities.  

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