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, 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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COMMENTS (34)
  • madisong-bur
    5/12/2017 - 10:23 a.m.

    Its a challenge to move King Tuts relics because they are very delicate, cause in the passage it said that the beard attached to the ancient Egyptian monarch's golden mask was accidentally knocked off.
    Its a good idea take a little bit slower in the process of moving King tuts stuff.

  • samanthas-1-ste
    5/12/2017 - 01:21 p.m.

    Its a challenge because they dont want to affect the artifacts. They are extremely old and are very fragile.

  • ellyb-orv
    5/14/2017 - 01:27 p.m.

    I don't think that anyone should move king Tut's stuff. I don't think they should because it has been said that if you do you will be cursed. I also don't think that they should because what is they break something.

  • camerons-kut
    5/14/2017 - 02:52 p.m.

    That was very interesting but, did they ever figure out a way to put the nose back on the mask? I am glad that people in Egypt are making a new museum for king tuts stuff.

  • seanm2-bur
    5/15/2017 - 07:41 a.m.

    This move of King Tut's artifacts is such a challenge because if some accident were to happen, the artifact could be broken or damaged. Another reason it could be a challenge is someone could steal it from the transport. I have a connection to this. Once, I built a model rocket (it didn't actually work), and it was taller than me, so I had to find out how I was going to get it to school, and it almost broke.

  • lorennr-bur
    5/15/2017 - 09:52 a.m.

    The move is a challenge because, all of these things are very fragile and they don't want to break any of it. In paragraph six it says that the mask has been knocked off and has almost broke so they don't want that to happen again. I think that they should just do the move because, the longer they wait the more it is going to dread on and that will take up room for other things that they might need to do.

  • vanessao-bur
    5/15/2017 - 09:54 a.m.

    This move a challenge because when moving the things, if you are not careful, something could break. If I were there, I would be extra careful.

  • emilyg1-bur
    5/15/2017 - 09:55 a.m.

    The moving of King Tut's stuff is a challenge because these items are priceless, they are irreplaceable. The movers of these items have to be very careful or the items can break. And just like that a piece of our history is gone. I have no idea why they are moving King Tut's tomb, if they want to have a bigger museum, just expand that museum. Don't rick losing these very important items.

  • kadenm-bur
    5/15/2017 - 10:03 a.m.

    It might be an challenge because they might have to bring it a long way and if they go to the wrong place other people could try to steal it and take all it's riches.I reflect on the time when they were transporting a pop star.

  • schelsya-bur
    5/15/2017 - 10:14 a.m.

    The move is a challenge because they have to be carful because they cant mess up the King Tut's throne and it can also be hard to move because its made out of gold so its going really heavy so they need something strong enough to hold it.

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