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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The St. Louis chapter of a national archaeological group is resisting calls for its board’s ouster over the sale of 4,000-year-old Egyptian artifacts to a New York museum.

The Archaeological Institute of America recently voted at its national meeting in New Orleans to revoke the local chapter’s charter unless the group replaces its nine board members by the end of the month.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that about 100 members of the group’s St. Louis Society met Tuesday but didn’t vote to oust leadership.

The censure came after the society planned to sell the 27-item Treasure of Harageh collection in October. A London auction house withdrew the treasure on the planned sale date and instead announced the donation to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch