The mummified remains of 22 Egyptian pharaohs, consisting of the most effective ancient queen, are to be paraded through the streets of Cairo Saturday, in a procession to a brand-new resting location.
Under the watchful eyes of security forces, the mummies will be moved 7 kilometres (4 miles) throughout the capital from the renowned Egyptian Museum, where most have lived undisturbed for over a century, to the brand-new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.
Dubbed the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade, the 18 kings and 4 queens will take a trip in order, oldest first, each aboard a different float decorated in ancient Egyptian design.
The interior ministry stated both pedestrians and cars would be disallowed from Tahrir Square, site of the current museum, and other areas of the parade path, ahead of the 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) start.
The mummified remains of Pharaoh Seqenenre Taa II, “the Brave”, who reigned over southern Egypt some 1,600 years prior to Christ, are the oldest of the 22 mummies being paraded through the streets of Cairo Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/ –
” The entire world will be enjoying,” said Egyptian archaeologist and former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass, who will commentate as the occasion unfolds reside on state tv.
” This is an essential 40 minutes in the life of the city of Cairo.”
Seqenenre Tao II, “the Brave”, who reigned over southern Egypt some 1,600 years before Christ, will be on the first chariot, while Ramses IX, who reigned in the 12th century BC, will be at the back.
Ramses II and Queen Hatshepsut, the most effective female pharaoh, will likewise make the journey.
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo, the brand-new resting location for a number of the mummies AFP/ Khaled DESOUKI
Emblazoned with the name of their allocated sovereign, the gold-coloured carriages will be fitted with shock absorbers for the trip, to make sure none of the precious freights are accidentally disrupted.
Discovered near Luxor from 1881 onwards, most of the mummies have lain in the Egyptian Museum given that the early 1900s.
Egypt continues to unearth ancient remains – – this picture from October 2020 reveals the opening of a sarcophagus excavated by the Egyptian archaeological objective at the Saqqara necropolis near Cairo AFP/ Khaled DESOUKI
Remarkable brand-new information of the pharaohs’ lives are still emerging.
A current high-tech study of Seqenenre Tao II, involving CT scans and 3D pictures of his hands and long-studied skull fractures, indicated that he was likely eliminated in a post-battle execution ceremony.
For their procession through Cairo’s streets, the mummies will be in special containers filled with nitrogen, under conditions similar to their routine display cases.
The mummies will be showcased separately at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation, in an environment redolent of underground burial places.
The remains of four female pharaohs are among those being moved, consisting of the most effective, Queen Hatshepsut, who declared herself pharaoh after the death of her husband-brother Tuthmosis II AFP/ Cris BOURONCLE
They will be signposted by a short biography and, sometimes, copies of CT scans.
Upon arrival, they will inhabit “somewhat updated cases,” said Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo.
” The temperature level and humidity control will be even much better than it remained in the old museum,” added Ikram, a mummification specialist.
The mummies’ re-housing “marks completion of much work to improve their preservation and exhibit,” stated UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
” This raises feelings that go much further than the simple relocation of a collection– we will see the history of Egyptian civilisation unfold prior to our eyes,” she included.
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation was finished in 2010, and Hawass said he had actually planned to open it in 2012. However the procedure was delayed by the Arab Spring transformation of 2011 and subsequent chaos.
The brand-new museum opened its doors to minimal exhibitions from 2017 and will open completely on Sunday, prior to the mummies go on display to the public from April 18.
In the coming months, the country is due to inaugurate another brand-new showcase, the Grand Egyptian Museum, near the Giza pyramids.
It too will house pharaonic collections, including the renowned treasure of Tutankhamun.
Found in 1922, the burial place of the young ruler, who took the throne briefly in the 14th century BC, contained treasures consisting of gold and ivory.
A so-called “curse of the pharaoh” emerged in the wake of Tutankhamun’s unearthing in 1922-23.
A key funder of the dig, Lord Carnarvon, died of blood poisoning months after the tomb was opened, while an early visitor likewise died abruptly in 1923.
With the prepared parade coming just days after a number of catastrophes struck Egypt, some have inevitably speculated on social media about a new curse provoked by the newest move.
Current days have actually seen a lethal rail collision and a building collapse in Cairo, while international headlines were dominated by the struggle to refloat the huge container ship MV Ever Given which blocked the Suez Canal for practically a week.