Looted antiquities feed terror fears

Looted antiquities feed terror fears06/02/2015 (Al Ahram – Egypt): Earlier this week inhabitants of the Deir Abu Nawas village in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya were astonished to see what seemed to be coffins floating in the Oda Pasha Canal that runs alongside the village.At first they thought they could be the bodies of people, but coming closer they realised they were wooden sarcophagi with painted human faces and bodies.The villagers immediately called the Tourism and Antiquities Police in order that investigations could start into where the coffins came from. A committee from the Ministry of Antiquities, led by ancient Egyptian Antiquities head Youssef Khalifa, embarked on an inspection tour to determine their authenticity.In an interview after the tour, Khalifa told Al-Ahram Weekly that preliminary examinations have revealed that the sarcophagi are genuine pieces from the late Graeco-Roman period and that the mummies they contained were in a poor state of conservation, though still wrapped in their original linen…





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