Thursday, 22 September 2011

Stolen Egyptian Artefacts Seized in Australia

Over a hundred stolen ancient Egyptian Greek and Roman artefacts have been returned to Egypt after a whirlwind few months of travel. They were seized in Melbourne at an (unnamed) auction house in November 2010 and it was determined that they had been smuggled from Egypt to Australia. They were discovered because the seller had put them on sale through the internet and the Egyptian embassy presented an official request to retrieve them. They have been presented by Australian authorities to the Egyptian ambassador in Australia, Omar Metwali. This is apparently the third repatriation from Australia in such circumstances in recent years.

Samantha Meys, ' Australia will return 122 Egyptian archeological pieces', Canberra Times, September 18, 2011

Amany Saber, Australia will return 122 Egyptian archeological pieces', Youm7, Sep 17, 2011.

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