CAIRO: The mummified stays of 22 Egyptian pharaohs, together with essentially the most highly effective historic queen, are to be paraded by the streets of Cairo Saturday, in a procession to a brand new resting place.
Under the watchful eyes of safety forces, the mummies can be moved seven kilometres (4 miles) throughout the capital from the enduring Egyptian Museum, the place most have resided 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 journey so as, oldest first, every aboard a separate float embellished in historic Egyptian fashion.
The inside ministry stated each pedestrians and autos could be barred from Tahrir Square, website of the present museum, and different sections of the parade route, forward of the 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) begin.
“The whole world will be watching,” stated Egyptian archaeologist and former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass, who will commentate because the occasion unfolds reside on state tv.
“This is an important 40 minutes in the life of the city of Cairo.”
Seqenenre Tao II, “the Brave”, who reigned over southern Egypt some 1,600 years earlier than Christ, can be on the primary chariot, whereas Ramses IX, who reigned within the twelfth century BC, can be on the rear.
Ramses II and Queen Hatshepsut, essentially the most highly effective feminine pharaoh, may even make the journey.
Emblazoned with the title of their allotted sovereign, the gold-colored carriages can be fitted with shock absorbers for the journey, to make sure none of the dear cargos are by chance disturbed.
Discovered close to Luxor from 1881 onwards, most of the mummies have lain within the Egyptian Museum for the reason that early 1900s.
Fascinating new particulars of the pharaohs’ lives are nonetheless rising.
A current excessive-tech research of Seqenenre Tao II, involving CT scans and 3D pictures of his palms and lengthy-studied cranium fractures, indicated that he was possible killed in a submit-battle execution ceremony.
For their procession by Cairo’s streets, the mummies can be in particular containers crammed with nitrogen, underneath situations just like their common show circumstances.
The mummies can be showcased individually on the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation, in an setting redolent of underground tombs.
They can be signposted by a short biography and, in some circumstances, copies of CT scans.
Upon arrival, they’ll occupy “slightly upgraded cases,” stated Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology on the American University in Cairo.
“The temperature and humidity control will be even better than it was in the old museum,” added Ikram, a mummification specialist.
The mummies’ re-housing “marks the end of much work to improve their conservation and exhibition,” stated UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
“This raises emotions that go much further than the mere relocation of a collection — we will see the history of Egyptian civilisation unfold before our eyes,” she added.
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation was accomplished in 2010, and Hawass stated he had deliberate to open it in 2012. But the method was delayed by the Arab Spring revolution of 2011 and subsequent turmoil.
The new museum opened its doorways to restricted displays from 2017 and can open totally on Sunday, earlier than the mummies go on show to most of the people from April 18.
In the approaching months, the nation is because of inaugurate one other new showcase, the Grand Egyptian Museum, close to the Giza pyramids.
It too will home pharaonic collections, together with the celebrated treasure of Tutankhamun.
Discovered in 1922, the tomb of the younger ruler, who took the throne briefly within the 14th century BC, contained treasures together with gold and ivory.
A so-known as “curse of the pharaoh” emerged within 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, whereas an early customer likewise died abruptly in 1923.
With the deliberate parade coming solely days after a number of disasters struck Egypt, some have inevitably speculated on social media a few new curse provoked by the most recent transfer.
Recent days have seen a lethal rail collision and a constructing collapse in Cairo, whereas international headlines had been dominated by the battle to refloat the enormous container ship MV Ever Given which blocked the Suez Canal for virtually every week.