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Ancient Egyptian artifacts confiscated at Blue Water Bridge

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Linen that once wrapped an Egyptian mummy has landed some people in trouble.

Last month at the Blue Water Bridge… U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a package of five jars containing linen fragments that once wrapped an Egyptian mummy.

April Donaghy is the watch commander in Port Huron.  

“The pictures… it doesn’t really show the true size of things. But they are in fact pieces of actual linen.”

The seized artifacts are believed to be from the Ptolemaic Dynasty, between 305 and 30 B-C. And that’s a problem for the parties that tried to mail them across the border.

The importer was unable to prove that the artifacts were removed from Egypt BEFORE April 2016.  

That would be a violation of the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A