Ancient Egyptian mummy linens seized in Port Huron

 Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (WLUC)
Published: Jun. 26, 2019 at 9:47 AM EDT
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Federal authorities seized ancient Egyptian mummy linens last month in Port Huron at the Blue Water Bridge, according to a news release Wednesday from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations.

On May 25, CBP officers identified a shipment on a Canadian mail truck that was selected for an enforcement examination at the centralized examination station in Marysville. An inspection of a selected package revealed five jars of ancient Egyptian mummy linen. CBP began to coordinate with a Washington, DC based archaeological organization in determining the admissibility of the presumed antiquities.

The seized artifacts are believed to be from the Ptolemaic Dynasty 305-30 BC, and the importer was unable to prove that the artifacts were removed from Egypt prior to April 2016, which is in violation of the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act.

“This seizure of historical importance highlights the wide variety of federal laws that CBP is responsible for enforcing. I am extremely proud of our officers’ hard work during and after the discovery of these ancient artifacts,” said Port Director Michael Fox.

Federal agencies, including the Department of State, will be focusing on repatriation of these artifacts in the near future.