A speaker with mummified body parts was caught by airport X-ray machines last week.
Customs authorities at Cairo International Airport in Egypt said the stereo speakers were set to be shipped to Belgium when they were intercepted and seized by authorities, according to Egypt Today.
Because of trouble with its heritage sites, Egypt enacted a law in 1983 that mandated all antiquities, art and artifacts, including mummies, to be strictly regulated and considered the property of Egypt.
But why? Apparently, the items can be in high demand.
Cambridge University reports financial incentives are a key factor in looting and smuggling of antiques, adding that Egyptian antiques sold in 2009 to 2010 totaled more than $13 million.
The mummified body parts found at the Cairo airport were confirmed to be antiquities, according to Egypt Today, and are six parts of two mummies. The body parts include two hands and forearms, an upper arm, two feet, two lower legs and part of a torso, authorities said. It's unclear what the exact dimensions of the stereo speakers were.
#Egypt foils a #smuggling attempt of #mummies’ remains before traveling to Belgium. They are now at the #EgyptianMuseum for #Restoration #mummy #Media #news #antiquity #ministry #MinistyofAntiquities pic.twitter.com/XhIfE88Yfm— Ministry of Antiquities-Arab Republic of Egypt (@AntiquitiesOf) February 24, 2019
For those who aren’t sure how the mummification process works, it was quite a timely process that took about 70 days, to be exact. According to Smithsonian, in short, all internal parts that may decay rapidly were removed, but the heart was left in place. The removed organs were placed in jars and later buried with the body.