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 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 (3)
  • etomia-bur
    5/15/2017 - 09:58 a.m.

    Moving was a challenge because the archaeologists knew how important the ancient figure is, and they didn't want to cause a uproar.


    I really would try to make a moving machine to move the ancient relic, instead of humans moving it.

  • radiances-
    5/16/2017 - 09:40 a.m.

    When archaeologist were moving this ancient artifact they knew how much of a big challenge this would be to move such a collection, as an incident happen in 2014 while moving King Tut's tomb the beard attached to his golden mask was knocked off.

    While moving something of such importance they didn't want to rush into moving.

  • marissad9697-
    5/16/2017 - 10:17 a.m.

    This move is a challenge because of how delicate the artifacts are and how much of a controversial decision it is to move the remains. One fact is that they already had broken off a peace of King Tut's beard on his mask. It then became a sensitive topic and controversial. They luckily were able to put it back on, but it took about a year! Another fact was that his daughters were both stillborns, which are other remains that they are thinking about moving to the museum. Another fact is that they found the remains of King Tut, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, was discovered in 1922 in the Southern city of Luxor. Two questions I have is; why don't they just have a machine move it carefully instead of humans? The other question is; Where is King Tut being kept now? Is it his tomb? Or somewhere else? I think that they should move it but do it slowly so they make sure they don't break anything maybe with a machine.

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