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Adulis fragments
Captain W. Goodfellow of the Royal Engineers made some quick excavations in Adulis (in modern day Eritrea) in the aftermath of the seige, from May 28 to June 9 1868. He sent two cases of fragments home including "a bas-relief representing a cross", suggesting an early Christian site.

Panel of tablet-woven silk
This ecclesiastical cloth, part of a triptych that would have screened off the inner sanctum of a church, is currently on display as part of the British Museum's African collection.

Shield with lion's mane
This hide shield with velvet and silverwork, with a lion's mane pendant, is currently on display as part of the British Museum's African collection.

Tabots (9)
The British Museum currently holds nine tabots taken in the aftermath of the battle of Magdala. Given the sacred nature of the tabots, Museum staff have promised never to put them on display. The gesture is appreciated. But it raises the question of why the Museum is insisting on holding on to exhibits that it can never show.

 
treasure count:
468 items
still missing
10 items
returned
(still counting)

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human remains
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personal effects
religious artefacts
royal regalia
tabots

current locations

The British Library
The British Museum
Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum Halifax
Dundee University Museum
Edinburgh University Library
The John Rylands Uni Library
Lancaster Museum & Priory
National Archives of Scotland
The Sch°yen Collection
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Windsor Castle

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