Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Egypt: Sixty-eight artifacts seized in Minya


Saeed Nafea, 'Sixty-eight artifacts seized in Minya', Egypt Independent 5th March 2012.
The antiquities and tourism police in Minya, Upper Egypt, seized 68 artifacts from the Greek and Roman eras from a shop owner’s house Monday . A report was made of the incident and the defendant was referred to the prosecution for investigation.

This is a bit reminiscent of an earlier report: "Egypt Looting Suspects Arrested" of 8 September 2011. Here the arrested people were reportedly part of a gang operating in Minya and Beni Suef governorates and Gharbiya in the Delta. Is there a connection, or is there just a lot of antiquity dealing going on around Minya (the Oxyrhyncus site is just to the north), or are the police there just better at catching those involved in this illegal trade?

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