Stolen 2,600-Year-Old Sarcophagus Returns to Egypt

April 22, 2015 - A six-year investigation by the United States into antiquities smuggling has resulted in the recovery of a cache of stolen Egyptian artifacts. The recovered objects include a 2,600-year-old sarcophagus and a series of finely carved limestone reliefs that had been ripped from an Egyptian temple. Officials from Homeland Security Investigations/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (HSI/ICE) returned the artifacts to the Egyptian government in a formal repatriation ceremony held at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The National Geographic Society assisted with investigations into the antiquities smuggling in hopes of protecting some of the world’s fragile cultural heritage.

Read more about the ancient artifacts heading home to Egypt.

Watch a video of the 2010 repatriation of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus.