How do you move King Tut's stuff? In this Oct. 30, 2013 photo, the solid gold mask of King Tutankhamun is seen in its glass case, in the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty/AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
How do you move King Tut's stuff?
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Archaeologists and conservation experts have met in Cairo. They came to discuss the safe transportation of King Tutankhamen's throne. His chests and bed will also be removed from the Egyptian Museum. It is in central Cairo. They will be moved to a museum being built on the other side of the Egyptian capital.
 
The meeting was organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. It brought together experts. They came from Egypt, France and Spain. They also came from Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan.
 
Tareq Tawfiq is a senior ministry official. He is in charge of the new museum. He told The Associated Press that the meeting's primary objective was to reach a "global consensus." That is on how to safely transport and display King Tut's items. They will go in the new museum. It is being built close to the famed Giza Pyramids.
 
The meeting also discussed methods to display the human remains discovered in King Tut's tomb. This includes the remains belonging to his two daughters. They both were stillborn. This is according to a document distributed to participants.
 
"It's a very big challenge to move a collection, particularly of such importance," one of the participants, German Egyptologist Gabrielle Pieke, told the AP.
 
Moving items belonging to King Tut has become a sensitive issue. It is especially so since 2014. That's when the beard attached to the ancient Egyptian monarch's golden mask was accidentally knocked off. It was during work on the relic's lighting. Workers later hastily tried to reattach it. They used an epoxy compound. The epoxy caused damage to the priceless artifact. It created an uproar among archaeologists across the world.
 
A German-Egyptian team worked on the restoration of the mask. It was placed back on a year later.
 
Pieke urged Egypt not rush the transfer or display of the ancient artifacts related to King Tut.
 
"It's a delicate issue. We have to be very careful," she cautioned.
 
No date has been set for the complete transfer of the priceless items. The plan is for them to be displayed at two halls in the new facility. It will be called the Grand Egyptian Museum. The halls cover 7,000 square meters. The halls are scheduled to open at the end of 2017.
 
King Tut ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. His tomb was discovered in 1922. It was found in the southern city of Luxor.

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COMMENTS (6)
  • tatyanar-bur
    5/15/2017 - 09:58 a.m.

    The move is a challenge because you have to get all the other Egyptian and sculptures to the new building and as your moving all the other things you have to be careful so you wont break any important stuff. Its also a challenge because you still have to wait until the building gets built and have to pack stuff when its almost ready. One day me and my mom were moving to a brand new house and we had to be careful to not break stuff because it was really hard cause we had a lot of pictures, glass vases and big stuff.

  • jaliae-bur
    5/15/2017 - 10:15 a.m.

    The move is a challenge because king tut's sculptures are very sensitive.If i was an scientist moving kings tut's sculpture i would only focus on him because he is every important.

  • ryanr3-bur
    5/15/2017 - 01:54 p.m.

    IT is a challenge because it is old and weak. Egygpt seems like a cool place

  • paigem-kut
    5/15/2017 - 09:13 p.m.

    The move is a challenge because you have to move all the other Egyptian and sculptures to the new place where it is being put. It is a challenge because the artifacts could be something very delicate such as glass and breaking it could be very easy. Also it could be very old and one drop would shatter it into pieces.

  • zaidav-ver
    5/19/2017 - 12:07 p.m.

    Because they want to keep everything in place with out any damage done. Much more after they had the accident with the mask they have more pressure on now. Plus I believe they really don't want to risk anything to be stolen while moving things.

  • tylerm-kut
    5/23/2017 - 02:02 p.m.

    I think its really interesting that they are finding ways to fix his stuff and its interesting that there moving it

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