Egypt calls for the return of Queen Nefertiti

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Egypt calls for the return of Queen Nefertiti

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Egypt is to demand the return of the 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti from a Berlin museum after it was discovered it left the country on false documentation.

Zahi Hawass, the Head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, has been campaigning to reclaim treasures that he says were stolen from the country during Egypt’s colonial period.

In the documents the object was listed as a plaster bust of a princess. But German excavator Ludwig Borchardt clearly refers to the artefact as the head of Queen Nefertiti, uncovered in 1912.

Only last week Hawas saw the return of painted wall fragments from a 3,200-year-old tomb from the Louvre in Paris.

Hawas has recovered as many as 5,000 artefacts since he took over the job in 2002.