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?
May 10, 2017
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Archaeologists and conservation experts have met in Cairo. They came 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 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, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan.
Tareq Tawfiq is a senior ministry official in charge of the new museum. Tawfig 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. 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 those 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 particularly 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 with 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, 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 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 in the southern city of Luxor.
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