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Egypt: 22 mummies transfer to new museum in grand parade

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The convoy will transfer 18 kings and 4 queens from the Egyptian Museum to the Nationwide Museum of Egyptian Civilization.

A grand parade will see 22 historical Egyptian royal mummies in specifically designed capsules transported throughout the capital Cairo to a brand new museum dwelling.

The convoy will transport 18 kings and 4 queens on Saturday – principally from the New Kingdom – from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo’s Tahrir Sq. to the Nationwide Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, about 5km (3 miles) to the southeast.

Authorities are shutting down roads alongside the Nile for the frilly ceremony, designed to drum up curiosity in Egypt’s wealthy collections of antiquities when tourism has virtually fully stalled due to COVID-19-related restrictions.

Every mummy will likely be positioned in a particular capsule crammed with nitrogen to make sure safety, and the capsules will likely be carried on carts designed to cradle them and supply stability, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass mentioned.

“We selected the Civilization Museum as a result of we wish, for the primary time, to show the mummies in a civilised method, an informed method, and never for amusement as they had been within the Egyptian Museum,” he mentioned.

Employees put together for transferring 22 mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sq. to the Nationwide Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat [Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters]

Archaeologists found the mummies in two batches on the complicated of mortuary temples of Deir el-Bahari in Luxor and on the close by Valley of the Kings from 1871.

The oldest is that of Seqenenre Tao, the final king of the seventeenth dynasty, who reigned within the sixteenth century BC and is believed to have met a violent demise.

The parade can even embrace the mummies of Ramses II, Seti I, and Ahmose-Nefertari.

Fustat was the location of Egypt’s capital below the Umayyad dynasty after the Arab conquest.

“By doing it like this, with nice pomp and circumstance, the mummies are getting their due,” mentioned Salima Ikram, an Egyptologist on the American College in Cairo.

“These are the kings of Egypt, these are the pharaohs. And so, it’s a means of displaying respect.”