Egypt recovers ‘Green Sarcophagus’ from United States

(CNN) — Egyptian authorities said at a ceremony in Cairo on Monday that a heavy sarcophagus lid had been recovered from the United States.

At 500 kilograms (about 1,100 pounds), one of the largest sarcophaguses dates to the late Egyptian period (747-332 BC), said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Ahmed Issa, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, said the lid was “plundered several years ago and smuggled from Egypt to the United States.”

Issa added that the recovery came as a result of cooperation with US authorities and an investigation that spanned more than two years.

Mostafa Waziri of the Supreme Council of Antiquities looks through a magnifying glass at an ancient wooden sarcophagus during its handover ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo on Monday.

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“The sarcophagus is so thick that looters tried to steal the baseless sarcophagus lid,” Waziri said at a press conference, adding that it is known as the ‘green sarcophagus’ because of the green facet on the top. Stated.

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted on Monday, “We sincerely thank the US authorities for their cooperation in the return of this priceless piece.

Over the past decade, Egypt has recovered about 29,300 antiquities that were smuggled out of the country, according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, who attended the ceremony.

According to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, more than 110 items will be recovered from the United States, New Zealand, France and other countries by 2022.

Above: The ‘Green Sarcophagus’ returned from the Houston Museum of Natural Science is on display. (Khaled Elfiqui EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 13691837h)

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