People often ask me, ‘well, it’s not really as exciting as Indiana Jones, now is it?’
I reply, ‘to an archaeologist, yes, it certainly is!’

— Zahi Hawass

Press Release: Seized Artifacts

A committee, formed by the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA), has confirmed that the artifacts seized this week are those stolen from the museum magazine of eastern Qantara during the lawlessness on 28th January 2011.


Dr. Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities, said that the committee, directed by Dr. Yosef Khalifa, examined each artifact in Case No. 127 of 2011 / Port Fouad and compared them to those listed in the Red List. The Red List, compiled by the International Council of Museums, catalogues Egyptian cultural objects at risk. It was submitted to Interpol and distributed internationally.


Dr. Hawass added that the artifacts (22 in total) include rare pottery dating back to the age of the Hyksos and five bronze coins dating to the Ptolemaic era.


Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Maksoud, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, confirmed that the artifacts seized had been listed on the Red List apart from the Ptolemaic era coins. 


The Qantara museum magazine near the city of Ismailia on the Suez Canal was attacked on 28th January by looters. Almost 300 artifacts have been returned to date, the majority by good citizens.


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