2021-04-04 by Daisy I.
Egyptian mummies paraded through Cairo on way to new museum
CAIRO– A grand parade communicated 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies in unique pills throughout the capital Cairo on Saturday to a brand-new museum house where they can be shown in higher elegance.
The convoy carried 18 kings and 4 queens, mainly from the New Kingdom, from the Egyptian Museum in main Cairo’s Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, about 5km (3 miles) to the south-east.
Authorities closed down roadways along the Nile for the fancy event, developed to attract interest in Egypt’s abundant collections of antiquities when tourist has actually practically totally stalled since of COVID-19 associated limitations.
As the royal mummies reached the museum, which was formally inaugurated on Saturday, cannons fired a 21-gun salute. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi waited as the mummies submitted previous on cars adorned with golden pharaonic themes.
The heads of the U.N. cultural company Unesco and the World Tourism Organization were likewise present at the event.
Each mummy had actually been put in an unique pill filled with nitrogen to make sure defense, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass stated.
They were continued cars developed to cradle them and offer stability.
“We chose the Civilization Museum because we want, for the first time, to display the mummies in a civilized manner, an educated manner, and not for amusement as they were in the Egyptian Museum,” Hawass stated.
Archaeologists found the mummies in 2 batches at the complex of mortuary temples of Deir Al Bahari in Luxor and at the close-by Valley of the Kings from 1871.
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The earliest is that of Seqenenre Tao, the last king of the 17th Dynasty, who ruled in the 16th century BC and is believed to have actually fulfilled a violent death.
The parade likewise consisted of the mummies of Ramses II, Seti I, and Ahmose-Nefertari
Fustat, the house of the brand-new museum, was the website of Egypt’s capital under the Umayyad dynasty after the Arab conquest.
“By doing it like this, with great pomp and circumstance, the mummies are getting their due,” stated Salima Ikram, an Egyptologist at the American University in Cairo.
“These are the kings of Egypt, these are the pharaohs. And so, it is a way of showing respect.”