The exhibition on seized Antiquities at Egyptian ports, in Tahrir, Egypt.

The exibition highlights the efforts carried our by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and all its units that are present at the air, land and sea ports of Egypt, to protect Egyptian and world cultural heritage and prevent its smuggling out of Egypt.

These efforts have spanned a period of thirty continuous years, and included the examination, inspection and confiscation of objects, as well as following up on cases of seized objects, starting with the moment the objects were seized at the Egyptian ports, through their handling over to customs storehouses and specialized prosecutions, and up until their deposit in the Ministry of Antiquities storages.

These works began with the creation of the “Central Administration for Archeological Units at Egyptian ports” at the archeological unit in Cairo International Airport in September 1986, followed by the creation of an archeological unit at Luxor International Airport and Rafah land port. These were succeeded by a unit at every Egyptian port to reach a total of forty archeological units to date.

The main role of the “Central Administration for Archeological Units at Egyptian Ports” is to prevent the smuggling of the Egyptian cultural heritage out of Egypt, in accordance to the Protection of Antiquities Law No. 117, 21983 which was amended by law No.3 in 2010. The department prevents the import, export and illegal transfer of ownership of cultural properties, in accordance to the legal framework afforded by the 1970 Convention.

The exhibition holds around 300 rare objects being displayed for the first time. They date to various historical periods (Pharaonic and Late Periods, Greco-Roman and Byzantine periods, Islamic Period and the Period of Muhammad Ali Dynasty). These objects were chosen from thousands of objects that were seized in previous years.

 

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