Egyptian mummy case makes exodus to Jerusalem in time for Passover (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) By Ehab Zahriyeh 04/05/12)
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Precious artifact was cut in half, likely by smugglers
Even a mummy case has made its exodus from Egypt to Jerusalem for
A wooden mummy lid with intricate details and painted hieroglyphics
from the thousands of years ago has somehow made its way to the
ancient old city of Jerusalem, Israel Antiquities Authority said on
Tuesday according to Haaretz.
Israeli authorities believe the ancient Egyptian coffin lid was a
product of a black market transaction — smuggled out of Egypt to
Dubai then Europe before it made its way to the Holy Land just in
time for Passover.
The precious ancient artifact was found sliced in half, causing
irreversible damage. It was likely done by the smugglers to make it
easier to carry across borders without detection, Fox News reports.
Coffins like the one this lid came from usually hold mummies from the
time of the pharaohs. Auorities are uncertain about what happened to
the preserved human corpse from 10th and eighth centuries B.C.,
according to Fox News.
Ancient Egyptian artifacts from the time of the pharoahs have been
common items on the black market for hundreds of years.
Israeli officials are hoping to implement a new law to combat the
“The new regulation will provide us with the tools in order to
prevent the importation into the country of antiquities that were
stolen or plundered in other countries, thus enabling us to thwart
the international cycle of robbery and trade in stolen archaeological
artifacts,” Shai Bar-Tura, inspector in charge of overseeing the
antiquities trade in Israel said, according to Fox News.
The fight against black market trade of ancient artifacts is taking
place in Egypt as well. The North African nation’s “Indiana Jones”
Zahi Hawass — was charged on Monday for wasting public money and
stealing Egyptian antiquities, Ahram reports.
Hawass, the former minister of state for antiquities, had a close
relationship with the former president´s wife, Suzanne Mubarak, and
her nonstate organization.
He is accused of selling state-owned artifacts to raise money for
Suzanne Mubarak’s association, the Egyptian newspaper reports.
Hawass is charged with agreeing to transfer 143 objects from the
Egyptian Museum to the U.S in 2003. The antiquities remain outside of
Egypt, Ahram reports. (© Copyright 2012 NYDailyNews.com. 04/05/12)
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