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Mummies on the move: Egypt holds grand parade to transfer antiquities

Egypt has actually held an unique parade consisting of a complete orchestra and a light program as it transferred 22 ancient royal mummies to a brand-new museum in Cairo.

Male marched with drums and ladies brought illuminated parcels as the ceremony got under way.

The mummies – 18 kings and four queens – were each carried by roadway in their own pill filled with nitrogen to supply protection.

The pills were carried on carts that cradled them and offered stability, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass said.

The majority of are from the New Kingdom – also described as the Egyptian Empire – which ran in between the 16th century BC and the 11th century BC.


It is hoped they will stimulate renewed traveler interest in Egypt’s collections of antiquities, after a period when travel has actually been stalled by COVID-19.

Roads along the Nile were closed as the artefacts were transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.

” By doing it like this, with great pomp and situation, the mummies are getting their due,” said Salima Ikram, an

Egyptologist at the American University in Cairo.

” These are the kings of Egypt, these are the pharaohs. Therefore it is a method of showing respect.”

Mr Hawass said the new museum was selected “since we desire, for the very first time, to show (the mummies) in a civilized way, an informed manner, and not for amusement as they remained in the Egyptian Museum”.

The artefacts were found in two batches in the Deir Al Bahari complex of mortuary temples in Luxor and at the neighboring Valley of the Kings from 1871.

The oldest mummy is that of Seqenenre Tao, the last king of the 17th Dynasty, who ruled in the 16th century BC and is believed to have met a violent death.

The parade also consisted of the mummies of Ramses II, Seti I, and Ahmose-Nefertari.

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