Antique coins stolen from Cairo University museum

A number of items have gone missing from the museum at Cairo University's faculty of archaeology, according to a press statement from the university on Wednesday.

The statement said that a few ancient coins have gone missing from the museum, which has been closed since 10 February, and that prosecutors are investigating the case.

The dean of the faculty ordered the museum’s closure in February due to lack of security during the revolution. The museum curators told her that she should obtain an official order from the university administration and the Ministry of Antiquities. She ignored the advice and only issued a verbal order for the closure.

The museum, which is located on the top floor of the faculty building, displays 1950 items in two main halls.

“Closing the museum helped the thieves steal without being noticed,” said Mohamed al-Kholy, professor of archaeology.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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