Majestic Cairo parade as Egyptian mummies transfer museum By Reuters



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Ramses II obelisk is seen after the renovation of Tahrir Sq. for transferring 22 mummies from the Egyptian Museum, in Tahrir, to the Nationwide Museum of Egyptian Civilization, in Fustat, in Cairo


By Nadeen Ebrahim

CAIRO (Reuters) – A grand parade will convey 22 historic Egyptian royal mummies in specifically designed capsules throughout the capital Cairo on Saturday to a brand new museum dwelling the place they are often displayed in larger splendour.

The convoy will transport 18 kings and 4 queens, largely 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 south-east.

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 nearly totally stalled due to COVID-19 associated restrictions.

Every mummy can be positioned in a particular capsule crammed with nitrogen to make sure safety, and the capsules can 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 would like, for the primary time, to show the mummies in a civilized method, an informed method, and never for amusement as they have been within the Egyptian Museum,” he mentioned.

Archaeologists found the mummies in two batches on the advanced of mortuary temples of Deir Al 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 may even embrace the mummies of Ramses II, Seti I, and Ahmose-Nefertari.

Fustat was the location of Egypt’s capital underneath 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 manner of exhibiting respect.”

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