CAIRO: Rumors of artifacts being stolen from the Luxor Museum at the perimeter of the Chicago archeological delegation area are a “farce,” Vice Chairman of the Union of Egyptian Archaeologists Ayman Waziry told Youm7 Sunday.
Waziry also said Egypt “needs to send a clear message” to UNESCO that Egypt needs help to preserve its legacy and antiquities.
“We cannot bear such responsibility any more and need help,” he said.
Authorities received a report Wednesday stating that two artifacts were stolen from the open museum April 9, according to Youm7. The two antiquities allegedly reported are two small portraits of animals dating back to ancient Egypt, Youm7 reported.
The Luxor prosecution continued its investigations into the theft Sunday. Upper Egypt Antiquities Supervisor Abdel Hameed Karar told Masrawy.com on Sunday that a committee was formed to take inventory of the museum’s contents. The committee began its work Sunday and will issue its final report by the end of this week, he said.
Egypt has experienced an increase in the theft of antiquities since the January 25 Revolution,when 54 antiquities were stolen from the Egyptian Museum. One antiquity was found in Belgium and returned, Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim told the Sada El Balad channel.