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 to discuss the safe transportation of King Tutankhamen's throne, chests and bed from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo. They will be moved to one being built on the other side of the Egyptian capital.
 
The meeting was organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. It brought together experts from Egypt, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan.
 
Tareq Tawfiq, a senior ministry official in charge of the new museum, told The Associated Press that the meeting's primary objective was to reach a "global consensus" on how to safely transport and display King Tut's items. They will go in the new museum being built close to the famed Giza Pyramids.
 
The meeting also discussed methods to display the human remains discovered in King Tut's tomb, particularly those belonging to his two daughters, both 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 particularly sensitive issue since 2014. That's when the beard attached to the ancient Egyptian monarch's golden mask was accidentally knocked off during work on the relic's lighting. Workers later hastily tried to reattach it with an epoxy compound. The epoxy caused damage to the priceless artifact and created an uproar among archaeologists across the world.
 
A German-Egyptian team worked on the restoration of the mask, which 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 yet been set for the complete transfer of the priceless items, which would be displayed at two halls in the new facility, formally called the Grand Egyptian Museum. The halls, covering 7,000 square meters, are scheduled to open at the end of 2017.
 
The tomb of King Tut, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, was discovered in 1922 in the southern city of Luxor.

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COMMENTS (29)
  • monicas-ste
    5/12/2017 - 01:53 p.m.

    They should try to be as careful as possible. If there is one screw up it could ruin the artifacts. It was already damaged once.

  • jahir-orv
    5/12/2017 - 02:22 p.m.

    Because you don't want to end up breaking anything. If you break something then that's a huge chunk of history that you just destroyed. Things can be delicate.

  • irisp-ste
    5/15/2017 - 11:15 a.m.

    Moving these artifacts and the tomb can be a challenge because it is very easy to disturb the pieces of history or possibly break them. Keeping the tomb intact may be very hard since the remains are so delicate. Since it is so difficult to move them, I wonder why they want to do it in the first place.

  • aidenm1-bur
    5/15/2017 - 12:58 p.m.

    This move is a challenge because you would need to preserve the body while its moving even though it's three thousand years old.

  • kaileew-ste
    5/17/2017 - 02:13 p.m.

    The home of King Tut's tomb is being relocated. The difficult thing about this is trying to figure out how. I would bee afraid of accidently breaking something.

  • juliac-kut
    5/21/2017 - 09:29 p.m.

    I was very surprised that they still had a lot of the artifacts to move. It makes me understand how interesting this historical event was. I had prior knowledge on the fact that's the beard of the mask was broken, so that sounded farmiliar, but I didn't know it was SUCH a big deal. So now all the archaeologists are being extra careful on moving the artifacts.

  • abigailchavez-wil
    5/24/2017 - 08:11 p.m.

    It is really important stuff and is big responsibility and a challenge.
    So many people are focus in this event.

  • JamaurieB-wil
    5/24/2017 - 08:12 p.m.

    The move is such a challenge because they don't want to mess anything up and they also don't want to misplace any of his priceless items.

  • GladysD-wil
    5/24/2017 - 08:14 p.m.

    Well...is really necessary move King Tut's stuff? I don't think so. To do is put in danger a large part of Egypt's historical heritage. It's a very delicate stuff. I don't think there is a sure way to do it.

  • HibaA-wil
    5/24/2017 - 08:17 p.m.

    Because the item are priceless, so they have to be very careful and they already damaged one of the most important pieces.

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