Egypt Independent

Egypt to restore 19 artifacts from US

Egypt on Tuesday will receive 19 artifacts from a New York City museum that date back to the reign of King Tutankhamun, authorities said Saturday. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Arts agreed last November to return the artifacts to Egypt following several rounds of negotiations between Egypt and the US, state-owned news agency MENA reported.

The secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, said a delegation from the council headed by Egyptian Artifacts Sector chief Atef Abul Dahab will receive the artifacts.

In a statement to the press, Abdel Maqsoud said the artifacts were on display at the museum since the early 1900s. Their heights range from one to 90 centimeters.

These artifacts were among several others discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922 in the tomb of King Tutankhamun in Luxor's Valley of the Kings.

They will be displayed at the Egyptian Museum among others that belonged to King Tut. 

At the time King Tut's tomb was discovered, the Egyptian government allowed excavators to keep some of the relics they discovered.

Translated from the Arabic Edition