Stolen antiques seized in Yemen [Archives:2005/823/Culture]

March 10 2005

By Yemen Times News Service
Yemeni authorities have seized a shipment of stolen antiques, including two mummies dating to 300 BCE, that were about to be smuggled out of the country.

A security source said on Monday the suspected thieves were being interrogated to determine whether they had stolen other pieces.

He said a special team from the department of Museums and Antiquities would examine the mummies, which were stolen from an archaeological site in the province of Mareb in northeast Yemen.

The source said police also foiled an attempt to smuggle 800 antiques, some of which dated back to the early Islamic era, and others to pre-Christian times.