A carved wooden hand and a marble head of a Greco-Roman god are just two of the 200 artifacts that had been stored away in the national bank of Egypt. The ancient pieces were just sent to the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) this week, according to Farouk Hosny, the minister of culture.
Other items from the vault included: limestone statuary heads of ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman deities such as Horus, Hathor and Ptah, as well as Roman terracotta statues and 20 coins from the Islamic and Modern period, said Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the SCA. Hawass added that two archaeological and legal committees inspected the collection and confirmed the objects' authenticity.
The items are now stored in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, for restoration and documentation.
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