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- Posted:Monday, December 21, 2009
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Berlin may lose artefacts as well
According to Deutsche Presse-Argentur, the museum's director Friederike Seyfried is planning on heading to the country in order to begin talks about upcoming projects with rogue archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who seems to be on a one-man mission to locate and return all of Egypt's lost relics.
News reports say that, this time, Mr Hawass has his eye on the bust of Queen Nefertiti, a 3,500-year-old effigy made of limestone, although this has been flatly denied by the Egyptian Museum.
However, it's possible that the statue could be loaned to Egypt, where it will be put on display for a short-term period, although it may be that it is not safe for the bust to travel all that way.
At the moment, the artefact is safely tucked away in the Neues Museum in the centre of Berlin, but Egypt states that it was taken out of the country almost 100 years ago, when inspectors were unaware of just how valuable it is.
And Reuters recently reported that Mr Hawass intimated at plans to ask the British Museum in London to return the Rosetta Stone, which can be dated back to 196 BC and was acquired by the British Empire during the Napoleonic war.
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