For the first time in Egypt’s modern history, all existing religious artefacts on Egyptian soil are now present and accounted for.
In a monumental step forward in the preservation of Egyptian heritage, the Central Administration for the Cairo and Giza area’s Artefact Conservation has announced its full documentation of all existing Islamic, Coptic and Jewish artefacts existing to this day in both the Cairo and Giza regions, according to a statement from the Administrative Chief Saeed Helmy.
As it stands, the number of documented artefacts currently in inventory is 600, 23 artefacts short of a similar attempt in 1951. It was later ascertained that the missing 23 artefacts have either been stolen in recent times from areas such as El Darb el Ahmar, or have succumbed to the ravages of time. The current inventory spans the years between 1981 and 2017.
The majority of the artefacts are of Islamic origin, with only 30 of Coptic origin, 18 of which reside in Cairo, eight in Giza and four in Wadi al Natron. 19 of the documented artefacts are of Jewish origin, with nine residing in Cairo, six in Downtown, two in Gamaleyya, one in Heliopolis and another in El Basateen.