CAIRO: Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al Damaty will inaugurate Thursday an exhibition at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo featuring hundreds of repatriated artifacts that were smuggled outside the country following the 2011 uprising.
The opening of the exhibition coincides with Egypt’s 10th annual celebration of Archaeologists’ Day on Jan. 14, said Damaty.
“The exhibit aims to honor Egyptian archaeologists who spared no effort in preserving the country’s heritage. It also aims at encouraging more tourists to visit the Egyptian Museum and the archaeological sites where these artifacts were excavated,” said Damaty.
The exhibition, which comprises 226 artifacts repatriated from several countries in 2014 and 2015, is located at Hall 44 right in front the entrance of the Egyptian Museum, the museum’s general supervisor, Khaled al Anani said in a statement Tuesday.
Four similar exhibits have been inaugurated in the Egyptian Museum during the past four years, according to Anani.
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 told The Cairo Post.