Monday, 12 March 2012

Spain to return ancient artefacts to Egypt

The Spanish government will return to Egypt eight items, dating back to the time of the pharaohs, which had been taken illegally from the Arab country in 1999, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced Sunday.

The antiquities, which are of limestone, come from the tomb of Eimb Hur, one of the most important officials of the sixth Dynasty, and they are inscribed in hieroglyphics with the name and titles of the tomb's owner.

The pieces were originally discovered in the Kom el-Khamsin zone in the ancient necropolis, or burial ground, of Saqqara near the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, located 25 km south of modern-day Cairo.

UPDATE:  After a thirteen year absence, nine ancient Egyptian limestone reliefs have been returned to their original place in the Saqqara necropolis. The stolen artefacts were missing for over a decade until they turned up in Barcelona. See Ahram Online.

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