CAIRO: The Ministry of Antiquities announced Tuesday it will inventory antiquities in foreign embassies, after four undocumented antiquities were reportedly found at the U.S. consulate in Alexandria, Youm7 reported.
Head of the Egyptian Antiquities sector Yousef Khalefa told Youm7 his ministry would work in cooperation with the foreign ministry in order to “preserve state heritage.”
Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh al-Damatty tasked a committee to check the four pieces, which were deemed to date from Greek, Romanian and Islamic ages. Further procedures were reported to be taken by the ministry to register the found pieces.
Earlier in March, Egypt’s monuments protection association demanded to check a piece found in the ministry’s headquarters in Zamalek claimed to be for decoration; other experts claimed it was an original and should be listed in the records.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Mansour