CAIRO: Tourism and Antiquities policemen have seized a set of 378 ancient artifacts in a learning center in Cairo’s upscale district of Heliopolis, Youm7 reported Thursday.
The seizure came before the artifacts were prepared for sale by the owner of the center.
Spanning several periods of the ancient Egyptian historical periods, the artifacts in question include two wooden statues, six rare manuscripts, alabaster jar, eight scarab beetles and three rings.
Investigations carried out by policemen from the General Administration of Tourism and Antiquities Police revealed that the learning center owner was planning to sell the collection obtained through illicit digging activities.
After issuing the arrest warrant, the police raided the center and were able to arrest them and seize the artifacts, Youm7 reported. The authenticity of the artifact was confirmed by a committee of specialists.
He, along with other three employees, was referred to investigation over antiquity acquisition and trade.
Egypt’s political turmoil since the January 25 Revolution in 2011 and its consequent security lapse left the country’s cultural heritage vulnerable to looting.
During the past four years, Egypt has recovered more than 1,600 artifacts and is currently working on other cases in many European countries, head of the Repatriated Artifacts Department Aly Ahmed previously told The Cairo Post.