Friday, 4 January 2013

Antiquities Bust in Fayoum

As reported in Al-Masry Al-Youm, two brothers were arrested by the tourism and antiquities police for the illegal possession of 50 ancient Egyptian artefacts in Fayoum on Thursday. The authorities were alerted to the fact that they had previously "been spotted in several areas in Fayoum that are famous for the antiquities trade":
The police began to watch them closely, and then caught the suspects in an ambush. The antiquities that were seized include 25 Greco-Roman coins and 10 statues, including busts of the gods Amon and Osiris and statues of the gods Horus and Anubis. Six Greco-Roman wooden masks of different sizes and colors were also seized. The suspects confessed to the police that they intended to sell the artifacts. They are currently awaiting trial.
'Two arrested in Fayoum for possession of artifacts' Al-Masry Al-Youm, Thu, 03/01/2013

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