Looted ancient sarcophagus returned to Egypt from US
A wooden sarcophagus that had been displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences has been returned to Egypt after it was discovered to have been looted years ago,
according to Egyptian officials. The return of the sarcophagus is part of the Egyptian government's efforts to prevent the trafficking of stolen antiquities. In 2021
authorities in Cairo were able to retrieve 5,300 stolen artifacts from around the world. Mostafa Waziri, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities,
stated that the sarcophagus is from the Late Dynastic Period of ancient Egypt, which lasted from 664 B.C. to 332 B.C. The sarcophagus,
which is almost 3 meters (9.5 feet) tall and has a brightly painted top, may have belonged to a priest named Ankhenmaat,
though some of the inscription on it has been erased, according to Waziri. The handover ceremony took place in Cairo on Monday, and was attended by the U.S. chargé d’affaires in Egypt, Daniel Rubinstein.
The sarcophagus was smuggled through Germany into the U.S. in 2008, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. It was determined to have been looted from Abu Sir Necropolis, north of Cairo, more than three months ago.
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