US returns stolen sarcophagus to Egypt

In a decade, Cairo has recovered over 29,000 stolen antiquities and this is not the smallest. One of the largest wooden pharaonic sarcophagi ever discovered, illegally taken out of Egypt and exhibited until recently in an American museum, was returned to Cairo on Monday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri announced.

“There are two kinds of sarcophagi: those of the royal remains and those of the remains of nobles, this one belonged to a noble,” said Mostafa Waziri, director of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

2,700 years old

The 2.94 meters long and 90 centimeters wide sarcophagus, with its face painted green, dates from the Late Pharaonic period nearly 2,700 years ago and was discovered in central Egypt.

Egypt has announced in recent months several major discoveries, mainly in the necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo. She unveiled more than 300 sarcophagi and 150 bronze statues in 2021 and 2022, many dating back more than 3,000 years.

An asset for tourism

The country is counting on these new discoveries to revive tourism, hit hard by the Covid-19. This sector, which employs two million people and generates more than 10% of GDP, has been at half mast since the Arab Spring in 2011.

The Egyptian authorities have been promising for months the imminent opening of its “Grand Egyptian Museum”, near the Giza plateau, without having so far a date for its inauguration. Many predicted this in 2022, for the bicentenary of the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone by the Frenchman Jean-François Champollion and the centenary of the discovery of the tomb of the child-pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Read Also:  Fatal shooting in Arkansas leaves multiple victims

Recent Articles

Related News

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here