Twenty-two mummified kings and queens had been paraded by way of Egypt’s capital metropolis of Cairo on April 3, every “float” resembling a glitzy battle chariot.
The 18 kings and 4 queens had been moved from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the brand new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, situated about 3 miles (5 kilometers) away, BBC News reported. The parade proceeded down the River Nile and included royalty from the Seventeenth to the twentieth dynasties of ancient Egypt, which occurred between 3,500 and three,100 years in the past, CBS News reported.
Each mummy sat inside a nitrogen-filled field atop a adorned automobile, which was geared up with shock-absorbers, BBC News reported; the nitrogen was meant to guard the mummies, since publicity to oxygen can cause decomposition. The parade route had additionally been repaved for the event, to reduce 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. Most of the mummies had been initially found within the late 1800s in modern-day Luxor, the positioning of historical Egypt’s capital, Thebes, which is residence to the royal burial website referred to as Valley of the Kings.
“They have already seen a lot of movement in Cairo and before that in Thebes, where they were moved from their own tombs to other sepulchres for safety,” Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology on the American University in Cairo, instructed BBC News.
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 instructed CBS News. 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 Hall of Mummies within the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, and the exhibit will open to the general public on April 18, BBC News reported. Two of the 22 mummies, Queen Meritamun and Queen T, will probably be positioned in storage, however the remaining mummies will probably be on show.
“The new showroom is more like a one-way circle maze. All the walls are black, with spotlights on the mummies,” Sayed Abu-El Fadal, a spokesman for the NMEC, instructed CBS News. “It is designed like the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.”
Originally printed on Live Science.