Twenty-two mummified kings and queens had been paraded by means of Egypt’s capital metropolis of Cairo on April 3, every “float” resembling a glitzy conflict chariot.
The 18 kings and 4 queens had been moved from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sq. to the brand new Nationwide Museum of Egyptian Civilization, positioned about 3 miles (5 kilometers) away, BBC Information reported. The parade proceeded down the River Nile and included royalty from the Seventeenth to the twentieth dynasties of historical Egypt, which befell between 3,500 and three,100 years in the past, CBS Information reported.
Every mummy sat inside a nitrogen-filled field atop a adorned car, which was outfitted with shock-absorbers, BBC Information reported; the nitrogen was supposed to guard the mummies, since publicity to oxygen can trigger decomposition. The parade route had additionally been repaved for the event, to attenuate jostling.
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The autos lined up so as of every ruler’s reign, beginning with the Seventeenth-century ruler Seqenenre Taa II; the lineup additionally included the well-known pharaohs King Ramesses II and Queen Hatshepsut. Many of the mummies had been initially found within the late 1800s in modern-day Luxor, the location of historical Egypt’s capital, Thebes, which is dwelling to the royal burial website known as Valley of the Kings.
“They’ve already seen a number of motion in Cairo and earlier than that in Thebes, the place they had been moved from their very own tombs to different sepulchres for security,” Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology on the American College in Cairo, informed BBC Information.
When the mummies had been first transported from Thebes to Cairo within the nineteenth century, these transporting the preserved our bodies needed to idiot customs officers by labeling the containers as “salted fish,” archaeologist Zahi Hawass informed CBS Information. After initially being positioned within the Bulaq Museum, the mummies had been moved to the Egyptian Museum in 1902; there they stayed till the parade on April 3, 2021.
The mummies will now be housed within the Royal Corridor of Mummies within the Nationwide Museum of Egyptian Civilization, and the exhibit will open to the general public on April 18, BBC Information reported. Two of the 22 mummies, Queen Meritamun and Queen T, shall be positioned in storage, however the remaining mummies shall be on show.
“The brand new showroom is extra like a one-way circle maze. All of the partitions are black, with spotlights on the mummies,” Sayed Abu-El Fadal, a spokesman for the NMEC, informed CBS Information. “It’s designed just like the tombs within the Valley of the Kings.”
Not all students agree that mummies needs to be on show, however as a substitute argue that exhibiting the our bodies desecrates the lifeless. Learn extra at BBC and CBS Information.
Initially revealed on Dwell Science.