CAIRO: Fayoum monuments investigation found 85 pharaonic artifacts Wednesday in the home of a man who has been accused of planning to sell them, Youm7 reported.
The Secretary-General of Fayoum’smonuments sector Ahmed Abdel Aal’s report said the artifacts, including statues and pottery are of “high value” and they date back to the pharaonic age.
Policemen at Upper Egypt’s governorate of Minya arrested two locals Friday in possession of illicit antiquities including a royal mummy during a covert operation on Friday, Al-Ahram reported.
Head of the Department for Tourism and Antiquities in Minya Kamal al-Kalawy received a tip that two suspects were reportedly seen with antiquities most likely stolen from Malawy museum that was looted mid-August in 2013.
Investigations indicated that the suspects, a 32-year-old agricultural engineer and a laborer, hid the antiquities in the latter’s house in Minya’s northern town of Beni Mazar.
They were arrested in possession of a well-preserved royal mummy inside a wooden coffin carved with hieroglyphic inscriptions, Kalawy said.
Additional reporting by Rabab al-Galy.