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Seventy Egyptian artefacts found in illegal possession are authenticated
The ministry of state for antiquities verified the authenticity of 70 ancient Egyptian objects found in possession of three people in Giza
Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 19 Jun 2012
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The archaeological committee of the central administration for confiscated antiquities, led by Youssef Khalifa, verified the authenticity of a collection of ancient Egyptian objects that were found in the possession of three people in Giza.

The Tourism and Antiquities Police (TAP) was conducting its routine work to search for artefacts that were reported missing from several archaeological sites in Egypt in the aftermath of Egypt’s 2011 revolution.

When the police caught the people with the objects, the TAP called the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) to inspect them and check on their authenticity.

Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim revealed on Monday that 70 out of the more than 110 objects found were authenticated, including:

  • A collection of 17 late pharaonic period amulets, depicting the lioness goddess of joy and blessings, Sekhmet; the god of the universe, Toth; goddess of magic and life, Isis; god of the afterlife, Osiris and the fertility goddess, Tawert
  • nine eye scarabs
  • rings
  • bronze spoons
  • many coloured seeds of different shapes and sizes
  • two sets of Roman and Islamic bronze coins
  • glass bottles

Khalifa said that these objects were not registered with the ministry’s antiquities list, which means that they were stolen from illicit digging in archaeological sites.

The artefacts will be restored in a step towards displaying them at the museological store on Egypt’s Giza plateau.





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Keith Amery
19-06-2012 02:41pm
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Nationalist Retentionist Laws Don't Work
History has shown that 'looting' has exploded since the abolition of Partage and the introduction of what John Henry Merryman termed 'Nationalist Retentionist' laws. Prott and O'Keefe have also shown in their volume on Cultural Heritage and the Law Volume One on Discovery and Excavation, state ownership is not the same as effective protection of cultural heritage. Egyptian antiquities were, converesely better protected under the system of partage where a licenced antiquities trade meant collections were registered. The demand for Egyptian antiquities shows no sign of slowing down and is likely to continue growing. Let's see a return to system that actually works in the protection of cultural heritage, namely 'Partage'. The UK has both a thriving archaeological community and a free market in antiquities from excavations and I believe it is a model system that would reduce the risk of looting at archaeological sites considerably. The argument just needs to be turned on its head.
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