CAIRO: The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) received Monday 2,862 artifacts from several archaeological storerooms at Luxor, Al Ahram reported.
The artifacts are set to be restored and documented at the GEM’s Restoration Center in preparation for their display when the museum opens in 2018.
The artifacts include the unbroken seal found on the door leading to the tomb of Tutankhamen, GEM director Tarek Tawfik told Al Ahram.
The artifacts also include seven royal busts, sarcophagi along with several colossal statues including those of Pharaoh Amenhotep III made of pink granite, said Tawfik.
The new museum, situated on 120 acres of land, is located 2 km southwest of the Giza Pyramids and was scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2015 but due to funding issues, it will not be inaugurated before 2018, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty previously stated.
The GEM is scheduled to house over 100,000 artifacts including the treasures of Pharaoh Tutankhamen. AP quoted Damaty as saying that GEM’s directorship will be “international and independent.”
In 2006, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) granted Egypt a concessional loan worth U.S. $400 million with a 1.5 percent interest rate over 30 years, and a grace period of 10 years, to construct the museum, Technical Supervisor at the Executive Committee of the Grand Egyptian Museum Wagih Hanna previously told the Cairo Post.
The construction of the three-phase project, which includes the construction of the museum’s main building and implementation of the master plan, landscape parks and surrounding site infrastructure, began in March 2012 with two phases accomplished so far.