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Medieval Military Costume Seized at Alexandria Port

The archaeological unit at Alexandria Port has seized five parts of a medieval military costume before being smuggled abroad.  

Hany Hamdy Hammam, chairman of the central administration of archaeological units at Egyptian ports, said the Ministry of Antiquities formed a committee to examine the seized items and did affirm they were ancient.

The committee reported the incident to the Public Prosecution and confiscated the artifacts, Hammam added.

The seized items include a helmet, three shields and two parts of a metal piece joined with metal rings, said Mohamed Etman, director general of the maritime archaeological ports. He made it clear that the items are decorated with floral, geometric and animal motifs.

Mohamed el Senousi, director of the Alexandria archaeological unit, said the military costume dates back to the Safavid dynasty during the ninth century AH. He assumes it belongs to one of the military commanders, who used to place a feather as a distinctive sign during the Safavid era.

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