200 Ancient Egyptian Artifacts Recovered from Al-Ahly Bank Vault

By on Nov 27, 2010 in Middle East, Science, World Comments
A marble head of Serapis, a Greco-Roman deity in Egypt
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According to international news websites, there are 200 ancient Egyptian artifacts that were recovered from a bank vault in Egypt. It was said that the recovered artifacts were likely in the possession of foreigner antiquities collectors who lived in Egypt during the late 19th and 20th centuries.

The 200 ancient Egyptian artifacts were stored inside boxes in the vaults of the Al-Ahly Bank, according to Tarek Amer, chairman of the bank.

Reports said that the ancient pieces were turned over to the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA). It was said that since the early 20th century, nobody claimed for the objects until the executive board of the bank decided to offer the pieces to the SCA.

The recovered antiquities collections include a carved wooded hand, a limestone statuary heads of ancient Egyptian, Greco-Roman deities such as Hathor, Horus and Ptah, as well as Roman terracotta statues and 20 coins from the Islamic and Modern period.

The items recovered are now stored in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo for restoration and documentation.



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