, Egypt repatriates looted ancient Green Coffin sarcophagus from US -

Egypt repatriates looted ancient Green Coffin sarcophagus from US

The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences in the US has sent an ancient wooden sarcophagus known as the “Green Coffin” back to Egypt after US authorities discovered it had been plundered in the past.

The Egyptian government’s efforts to halt the trafficking of its stolen antiquities include the repatriation. 5,300 stolen antiques from all across the world were successfully returned to Egypt by Cairo officials in 2021.

The sarcophagus is believed to have been constructed during the Late Dynastic Period of ancient Egypt, which ran from the time of the final pharaonic rulers in 664 BC to Alexander the Great’s campaign in 332 BC, according to Mostafa Waziri, the top official at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, who stated this on Monday.

The sarcophagus, which is about three meters (9.5 feet) tall and has a vividly painted top surface, may have belonged to a priest named Ankhenmaat in antiquity, according to Waziri, although some of the writing on it has been removed.

In a ceremony that followed a news conference on Monday in Cairo, Daniel Rubinstein, the US chargé d’affaires in Egypt, symbolically handed it over.

Both Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ahmed Issa, and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry were present.

After years of work and cooperation with our friends in the US, “a priceless piece of Egypt’s history was rescued,” Shoukry added.

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