US: 3,000-year-old ancient Egyptian artifact seized by federal agents

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US: 3,000-year-old ancient Egyptian artifact seized by federal agents

Federal agents in Memphis intercepted an ancient Egyptian artifact believed to be at least 3,000 years old while transported from Europe.

On August 17, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said they seized the lid of an Egyptian canopic jar containing the remains of a divinity known as Imsety. The jars were used to hold the internal organs of mummies.

According to the agency, a dealer shipped the property to a private customer in the United States, and the transporter provided contradicting statements regarding the object’s value.

The artifact’s authenticity was verified with the help of specialists from the University of Memphis Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology. The organization has determined that the lid most likely dates from 1069 B.C. to 653 B.C.

Authorities say the item is protected by bilateral treaties and is an archaeological import subject to seizure under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act of 1983. The artifact was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further examination. BKM/ Expat Media


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