Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, May 14, 2011

Three artefacts have been recovered (AlmasryAlYoum with picture of one object):

The three artifacts are of the head of the pharaonic queen Nefertiti. One is 7cm long, and the other two measure 15cm. They are suspected to be antiquities,"
There is no picture of the head of Nefertiti.

It's the second incident recently, as a granite Ramesside statue of a priest has also just been recovered.   That follows the two bronze statues recovered ten days or so ago along with two reported missing from the Egyptian Musuem.

Recovery of objects is clearly good, but the recovery of objects which have not been reported stolen is concerning.  They might be from recent looting of Abusir and Saqqara but if so that means an unknown Amarna era tomb was looted?  It is also possible that they are antiquities which were held illegally before the revolution which have re-entered the market with the shift in politics.

The Ministry is remaining silent.  That is perhaps sensible as any response at this point would be conjecture which could later prove to be wrong, but if many more such objects turn up then comment will become essential.

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