Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Egypt to receive four stolen artifacts from the UK

Al Masry Al Youm (Mohamed Azouz)

Four antiques from the time of King Amnehotep III will be returned to Egypt by the UK within days, said Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mohamed Abdel Maksoud in a statement on Saturday.

They were seized when an American amateur collector tried to sell them in London.

The pieces were up for sale in a specialized auction house when a British Museum trustee stopped the auction and confirmed that the pieces were genuine. A team of English, Egyptian and German researchers was formed to examine the artifacts, which proved their origin.

The pieces had been removed from the base of an ancient statue of Amnehotep III in his mortuary temple in Luxor, the statement said.

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