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Attempted Mummy Smuggling Thwarted at Cairo Airport

first_img File this under “Unexpected items found in airline passengers’ luggage”: Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities this weekend announced the discovery of mummy remains hidden inside speakers at the Cairo International Airport.An X-ray scan tipped customs authorities off to a “foreign object” inside a Belgium-bound package.All related parcels were seized for inspection by a specialized archaeological committee.AdChoices广告Inside the body of a loudspeaker, airport security found six parts of two skeletons—including pieces of two feet, two legs, one hand, one arm, and a torso—with the remains of mummification and resin.Remains belong to two mummies, and consist of six parts: two feet, two legs, the lower part of a left hand, one arm, and part of the torso (via Egypt Ministry of Antiquities)The confiscated components were taken to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo for further inspection and restoration.There is no word on who the smuggler is, or what their punishment will be. But the Arab Republic takes the trafficking of antiquities very seriously, handing out prison terms “with hard labor” and a hefty fine of 5,000 to 50,000 Egyptian pounds.“All archaeological material, ancient art, and artifacts of any kind that are discovered or found within the Republic of Egypt is regulated cultural property,” according to the 1983 Egyptian Law on the Protection of Antiquities.Customs authorities suspected a foreign object inside one of the speakers in a parcel being shipped to Belgium (via Egypt Ministry of Antiquities)For a land so steeped in history, it’s no surprise, really, that ancient remains are often stolen from the country.Just this month, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art returned the gilded Coffin of Nedjemankh to the Egyptian government after learning it was looted in 2011.Led to believe the coffin was exported from Egypt in 1971, the Met purchased it two years ago as the centerpiece of the exhibition Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin.The museum only recently learned it had been duped, and that the relic was in fact stolen from Egypt in 2011.One of 70 works from the collection (seen by more than 448,000 visitors), the coffin has been taken off view and sent back to Egypt.More on Geek.com:3,000-Year-Old Tomb of Egypt’s King Tut Finally Restored After a Decade of WorkEight Ancient Painted Mummies Discovered in EgyptAncient Sarcophagus Contains Cosmetics, Mirror Mummified Mice and Falcons Found in Newly Discovered Egyptian TombMummified Cats, Beetles Discovered in Ancient Egyptian Tombs Stay on targetlast_img read more