KHARTOUM Sudanese authorities have arrested 12
people accused of smuggling ancient antiquities including two
entire mummies, a state news agency said on Saturday.
"The police authorities in Nile state have thwarted an
attempt to smuggle ancient artefacts," the state Sudanese Media
It gave no details of the age of the mummies.
Sudan, home of the ancient Nubian civilisation, has more
pyramids than neighbouring Egypt, but little excavation is done
on its archaeological sites.
Sometimes known as the "Black Pharaohs," Nubian kings ruled
Egypt from roughly 760 B.C. to 660 B.C. Sudan's most viewed
pyramids in Merowe in northern Sudan date from about 300 B.C.
Egypt has demanded museums around the world return its
antiquities, which have been smuggled out over the centuries.
Few people visit Sudan's pyramids and ancient cities,
situated mostly north of Khartoum along the river Nile.