Mauro Colombo's Tierra Adentro wins Yellow Robin award    Cannes prepares 60th anniversary of Marché du Film    Algeria protesters keep up pressure on regime    Egyptians abroad vote in constitution referendum    Congress mulls next steps after release of Mueller report    Russia shrugs off Mueller report: agencies    Tennis: Nadal, Djokovic ease into Monte Carlo quarter-finals    Emery unsure if injured Ramsey will play for Arsenal again    Liverpool match Barcelona's ticket price to subsidise own fans    Trump forces Brussels' hand on trade despite tariffs backlash    Tobruk Parliament calls on UN Security Council to stop Qatari, Turkish intervention    For its 10th time: L'Oréal Group recognised as one of world's most ethical companies    Public Enterprise Sector companies' net profit up by 52% to EGP 11.3bn in FY 2017/18    No days off during constitutional amendments referendum: Cabinet    Uber adds new feature for female drivers to drive only women in Saudi Arabia    Two Egyptian females win 2019 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting    Beyond chocolate: The egg in art and design    Egyptian community in US will be voting "yes" on constitutional amendments    Investing in people helps to share in benefits of economic growth, technological progress    Made in Germany, heard in Spain: The Leon cathedral organ connection    Egypt's Mufti urges citizens to take part in referendum on constitutional amendments    Egypt's FM orders preparations be completed ahead of overseas referendum    Egypt's Sisi pardons prisoners on Sinai Liberation Day    Moody's upgrades Egypt's rating to B2, expects more economic growth    At least 29 killed in Madeira when tourist bus veers off the road    Expected exit    Spectacular scene, favourable draw    Reining in inflation    The economic way ahead    Sudanese demand ‘legitimate change'    Caught in the middle?    What next for Libya?    Escaping expenses    ‘I don't want sympathy'    Pasta vegetable salad    The final draft    Towards the referendum    Flight prices go sky high    Bundeli Kala Parishad troupe's Indian folk dance show at Al-Gumhouriya Theatre is a must go    Paris' Notre Dame    Screen blues    Parliament approves constitutional amendments allowing Al-Sisi extra term till 2030    Syria fuel shortages, worsened by US sanctions, spark anger    Vatican willing to offer technical know-how to help restore Notre-Dame    Al-Azhar condemns racist chants against Liverpool's Mohamed Salah    Mentally frail Borussia Dortmund relying on individual brilliance    German Football Ambassador 2019: Klopp, Kroos, Podolski on the list    In the company of the philosopher Roshdi Rashed in Paris    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Tutankhamun's last chariot arrives at Grand Egyptian Museum
Published in Daily News Egypt on 05 - 05 - 2018

Striding to another step on the path of collecting all of Tutankhamun's belongings at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) before its opening planned to take place this year, the Ministry of Antiquities, with the help of armed forces, transferred on Saturday the sixth and last of Tutankhamen's chariots from the Military Museum at the Citadel to its final display location at the GEM.
The chariot is one of the six chariots that were discovered buried at Tutankhamun's cemetery in Luxor. The other five were previously transferred to the GEM, gathering the whole collection in the area dedicated to the boy king in the new museum.
For his part, the Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Anany welcomed the arrival of the chariot to the GEM by inaugurating a conference titled Tutankhamun: Weapons and Statues, which is the fourth International Tutankhamun GEM Conference. El-Anany said in his speech that the GEM received 43,257 different relics, including more than 4,000 artefacts belonging to Tutankhamun.
Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in his speech that such an event is considered a celebration for collecting Tutankhamun's chariots in one place after years of separation.
Cairo's streets, from the Citadel all the way to Giza, were protected and prepared for the hour and a half journey as the three vans carrying the chariot passed through.
"We provided the boxes containing the chariot pieces with temperature and humidity indicators. The pieces were well contained and supported by fibres that would not allow them to move inside the boxes, and they were placed above a slip-resistant base," he said.
He explained in his speech that the packing process took six days and the pieces were packed by the GEM's central restoration department.
The event was attended by several armed forces figures, as well as officials from the Ministries of Defence and Antiquities. The chariot underwent another sterilisation process at the GEM to recover from the journey.
"Tutankhamun's cemetery was discovered in 1922, and it is almost the only one of which the discovered belongings were not stolen or interfered with," Waziri added in his speech.
The cemetery contained 5,398 artefacts buried with the king; most of them were displayed in the GEM before the decision of collecting all of his belongings at one place.
"So far, we have transferred around 4,800 relics of the late king's properties; 122 were from the Luxor Museum and the rest were showcased at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and we are planning to complete the collection at the GEM by the end of the year," he added.
The young pharaoh started his reign at the age of nine and died ten years later at the age of 19.
The ceremony started with a folkloric band, wearing pharaoh costumes and performing several national songs.
The chariot was originally transferred to the Military Museum at the Citadel from the Egyptian Museum, where it underwent an intensive restoration process that lasted for nine years.
It was made from elm, which is a rare type of wood that has interlocking grain, which makes it stronger and able to withstand heavy weights as well as its capability of bending to take the different circular shapes.
"What we have discovered from the pharaohs' relics is less than 40% of what the ground still holds for us to discover," Waziri added.

Clic here to read the story from its source.