Town has hidden hoard of ancient Egyptian artefacts

Egyptologist John Johnson with Wigan Council's heritage collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts
Egyptologist John Johnson with Wigan Council's heritage collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts

THESE amazing artefacts, made around 3,000 years ago, are part of Wigan’s collection of priceless treasures from ancient Egypt.

The extraordinary trove of almost 40 objects from the great civilisation which flourished along the banks of the Nile is owned by Wigan Council.

Experts who have viewed the artefacts say some of the pieces would not be out of place in a national museum as they are extremely important both for their beautiful craftsmanship and the light they shed on Ancient Egypt’s long and complicated history.

The priceless treasures arrived in the borough in the 1920s after being amassed by a successful Wigan-born judicial expert who advised the rulers of Egypt during the days of the British empire.

Currently stored at a secret location, the Trust is now hoping to raise enough funds to put together a permanent exhibition at the Museum of Wigan Life which could attract history enthusiasts from far and wide.

The Wigan objects have already attracted the attention of some of the country’s most prominent Egyptologists, including the curator of Manchester Museum’s displays on the region who said the collection contains some of the UK’s finest pieces.

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