CAIRO: A set of 778 artifacts from the antiquities ministry’s storerooms in Luxor are to be transported to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) for restoration and display within the coming days, director of Luxor’s antiquities Mostafa Waziri told Youm7 Thursday.
The artifacts span several periods of the ancient Egyptian history, mainly the New Kingdom Period (1580 B.C.-1080B.C.), said Waziri.
“A colossal statue of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Amenhotep III is among the artifacts. The four-ton pink granite statue is planned to be displayed at the museum’s Grand Hall,” he added.
General Director of the GEM Tarek Tawfik said these objects will undergo restoration and will be stored in the museum’s galleries until the opening of the museum, according to Youm7.
Thousands from artifacts from several archaeological sites, museums and antiquities storerooms across the country have been transported to the Gem, scheduled to open in 2018.
In April 2015, a total of 200 artifacts of Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s treasures were transferred to the GEM where they will be on display in a separate hall dedicated to the young pharaoh.
GEM, 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, according to Damaty’s statement in Al-Ahram Thursday; it will not be inaugurated before 2018.
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, and two phases have been completed so far.