CAIRO: The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) received hundreds of artifacts from several archaeological storerooms at Luxor, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
“The committee, formed by the Antiquities Ministry, received and unpacked several artifacts from Luxor storerooms. The artifacts were sent to the GEM’s Restoration Center for restoration and documentation in preparation for their display when the museum opens in 2018,” GEM director Tarek Tawfik was quoted by Youm7 Tuesday.
The artifacts, spanning several eras of Egypt’s history, include sarcophagi, funerary figurines, royal statues, alabaster jars and wooden coffins among others, 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.”
The GEM has received thousands of artifacts from all over Egypt. In December, the museum received 2,862 artifacts from several archaeological storerooms at Luxor including the unbroken seal found on the door leading to the tomb of Tutankhamen.
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.