Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ancient Egyptian Relief from Abusir Recovered

A February 1, 2011 post on this blog spoke about the conflicting reports out of Egypt regarding looting at Abusir. The government reported that the area was safe, while other information suggested otherwise. Now there is information from Ahram Online of the following:

"On Tuesday [October 11, 2011], the Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Police succeeded in recovering an ancient Egyptian limestone relief which had been reported missing during the chaos that followed the January 25 Revolution.

The relief, which was discovered by the Czech archaeological mission in Abusir, was one metre tall and 60 centimetres wide. It depicted four walking geese with a hieroglyphic text.

Atef Abul Dahab, head of the ancient Egyptian department at the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), told Ahram Online that the relief was one amongst those that were looted from the Abusir storage, following the lack of security after the events in January."

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