US Returns $2.5M in Egyptian Antiquities As Experts Call For Tougher Punishments on Smugglers

23 Apr 2015 9:11 AM | Anonymous

US Returns $2.5M In Egyptian Antiquities As Experts Call For Tougher Punishment On Smugglers

By Kathleen Caulderwood @kcaulderwood k.caulderwood@ibtimes.com on April 22 2015 4:38 PM EDT

 

Federal agents found the stolen sarcophagus in a garage in Brooklyn, New York.

The tale of how a centuries-old coffin from Egypt found its way to New York City is one of globetrotting art dealers, looters, and illicit traders. They're just a small part of a vast international network whose activities help fund criminal groups and even terrorist organizations. 

This week, the ancient casket begins its journey home.

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