Sunday, March 22, 2009
Egypt wants 3K y.o. coffin from U.S.
Handout undated picture showing 3,000-year-old wooden coffin illegally smuggled out of Egypt more than a century ago. Egypt's chief archaeologist said 3/22/09 that an official request will soon be filed with U.S. authorities to return the wooden coffin which belonged to a member of the 21st Dynasty, which ruled over Egypt from 1081-931 B.C. (AP/Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities).
CAIRO – Egypt will soon file an official request with U.S. authorities to return a 3,000-year-old wooden coffin illegally smuggled out of the country more than a century ago, the country's top archaeologist said Sunday.
In a statement, Zahi Hawass said the nearly 5-foot-long coffin was taken from Egypt in 1884 after it was stolen from a tomb in Luxor, an ancient pharaonic capital in southern Egypt.
Hawass says the ornamented coffin belonged to Pharaoh Ames of the 21st Dynasty, which ruled over Egypt from 1081-931 B.C. More>>