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Sunday, 17 September, 2000, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
Jordanian police foil illegal mummy sale

Jordanian police say they have foiled an illegal attempt to sell an ancient naturally preserved mummy.

They say several people were arrested in the Balqa district after a police officer posing as a potential buyer offered more than forty thousand dollars for the seventeen-hundred-year-old mummy.

Illegal trading in antiquities is punishable Jordan by up to fifteen years in prison.

Reports say the mummy, a male in his forties, was found in caves beside the Dead Sea.

It had been preserved because of the high salt levels in the local soil.

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