CAIRO • Hundreds of historic artefacts returned by Italy after they have been recovered from smugglers in May went on show on the Egyptian museum in Cairo on Wednesday.
The relics date to totally different eras, suggesting that the smugglers have been well-organised, based on museum curator Ahmed Samir.
“They researched Egypt from north to south to extract these artefacts. Thank God they were returned to their country,” he mentioned.
Mr Shaaban Abdel-Gawad, head of the Department of Recovered Antiquities on the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, mentioned Naples police seized a set of parcels in May relationship again to a number of civilisations, stolen from unlawful excavations.
The treasure haul included 19,000 cash from the Greco-Roman interval, 151 small statues and 175 different artefacts, which have been returned and displayed. Some required restoration, however most have been intact, museum director Sabah Abdelrazek mentioned.
“The restoration did not take long. The coffin was separated. It was repaired by the museum and there was a bronze statue which was also separated. It was repaired as well. We have pictures from before the restoration displayed here.”
Meanwhile, tons of of historic pottery objects have been found in an Alexandria museum in a hiding place likely created throughout World War II, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities mentioned.
Pots and different receptacles relationship again to Greek, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras have been found “during restoration work” in a backyard contained in the Greco-Roman museum of Alexandria in northern Egypt, the ministry mentioned in an announcement.
“These pots were most probably hidden by (British) archaeologist Alan Rowe and… employees in the museum’s garden during World War II,” Dr Ayman Ashmawy, head of Egyptian antiquities on the ministry, mentioned.
The artefacts have been hidden to “protect them from looting or being destroyed by repeated bombardments during the war”, he added. “The hiding process was carried out quickly without being documented or recorded on the museum’s list.”
The haul consists of Hidari cremation urns, meant for ashes throughout Greek occasions. Other objects embody colored pots, giant dishes and tableware from the Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras.
REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE