(CNN) — Ancient mummies of Egypt’s royal pharaohs emerged from their resting locations Saturday and had been paraded by means of the streets of Cairo to a brand new residence.
What sounds just like the plot of a film was a part of a lavish celebration of Egypt’s historical past and a challenge to relocate a few of its best treasures to a brand new excessive tech facility.
The mummies of Ramses the Great and 21 others had been a part of “The Pharaoh’s Golden Parade,” a extremely anticipated occasion organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
The parade route occurred between the Egyptian Museum, their previous location close to Tahrir Square, to their new residence, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Egypt’s first Islamic capital, al-Fustat.
“I invite all Egyptians and the whole world to follow this unrivaled event — evoking the spirit of the great ancestors who preserved the homeland and created a civilization in which all humanity takes pride — to keep on our path that we have started: the path of construction and humanity.”
The carriages carrying 22 historic Egyptian royal mummies depart from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square through the parade.
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Sarcophagi are stone coffins usually adorned with sculptures and inscriptions.
Among the mummies are these of kings Ramses II, Seti I, Seqenenre, and Tuthmosis III, along with 4 queens: Ahmose-Nefertari, Tiye, Meritamun and Hatshepsut.
The parade was saluted by 21-gun salutes and joined by a navy band. The mummies had been transported on particular adorned automobiles with their names inscribed in historic Egyptian hieroglyphs in addition to in Arabic.
The mummies who took half within the parade had been found in two cachettes. The first was unearthed in 1881 at Deir El-Bahari in Luxor’s West Bank in tomb TT320.
All 22 royal mummies are from the New Kingdom, an period the place tombs had been constructed underground with hidden entrances to beat back grave robbers.
Preparing the mummies
The intention of the parade was to maneuver the 18 kings and 4 queens of Egypt, together with their coffins and belongings, from their previous residence at The Egyptian Museum.
Performers wearing historic Egyptian costume march initially of the parade of 22 historic Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
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Dr. Mostafa Ismail, head of conservation on the Mummies Conservation Lab and Storeroom on the NMEC, led a crew of 48 individuals to organize the royal mummies.
The conservation course of, he advised CNN, entails inserting every mummy in an oxygen-free, nitrogen capsule “which can keep it preserved without being damaged from the effects of humidity, especially we’re talking about bacteria, fungi, and insects.”
The capsule is surrounded by smooth materials that distributes strain and reduces vibrations throughout transportation.
When the mummies arrive on the NMEC, the show models could have the very same circumstances because the nitrogen capsules. “So there will not be any shock for the mummy when we take it from the box and put it in these units,” Ismail provides.
Accompanying every mummy will probably be any belongings found alongside them, together with their coffins.
Displays may even present CT scans which reveal what’s beneath the wraps, and typically any breaks in bones or ailments that troubled the royals.
CNN’s Taylor Barnes and Hamdi Alkhshali contributed to this report.