Archive for June 19th, 2007

Mummy smugglers arrested in Sudan

From Reuters:

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese authorities have arrested 12 people accused of smuggling ancient antiquities including two entire mummies, a state news agency said on Saturday.

The police authorities in Nile state have thwarted an attempt to smuggle ancient artefacts,” the state Sudanese Media Centre said.

It gave no details of the age of the mummies.

Sudan, home of the ancient Nubian civilisation, has more pyramids than neighbouring Egypt, but little excavation is done on its archaeological sites.

Sometimes known as the “Black Pharaohs,” Nubian kings ruled Egypt from roughly 760 B.C. to 660 B.C. Sudan’s most viewed pyramids in Merowe in northern Sudan date from about 300 B.C.

 
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