Tutankhamen 2nd conference kicks off in Cairo
The gold mask of King Tutankhamun is displayed in its glass case, in the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty says the famed golden burial mask has been fixed, over a year after the beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued back with epoxy. A German-Egyptian team began the restoration work in October. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

CAIRO: The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is hosting the second International Tutankhamen Conference on Friday to discuss views on the best latest results of the recent radar scan survey carried out on the young Pharaoh’s tomb; Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anany was quoted by Youm7.

In late November, a Japanese team of radar specialists started a non-invasive radar survey on the pharaoh’s tomb to verify a theory by British archaeologist Nicholas Reeve that Queen Nefertiti’s crypt may be hidden behind King Tutankhamen’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

“During the three-day conference, Lectures on Tutankhamen’s funerary furniture, costumes and jewellery will be delivered by a number of archaeologists from all over the world,” said Tawfik.

The first conference, which was held in May 2015, was dedicated to discuss views on the best scientific ways to transport and display the young Pharaoh’s treasures in the GEM, scheduled to be inaugurated in 2018.

Several artifacts of Tutankhamen’s treasures, currently on display at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, have been already moved to the GEM during the past two years.

“For the first time since the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb, the entire Pharaoh’s collection totaling over 4,000 artifacts will be on display in the GEM’s 7,000 square-meter hall that will be dedicated for that purpose,” said Tawfik.

The cornerstone of the museum was laid in February 2002 and was scheduled to be inaugurated in 2012 but it was delayed after the outbreak of the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

Tutankhamen was the 13th pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty (1580B.C.-1310 B.C.) who died mysteriously at the age of 18 after ruling for nine years. He was succeeded by his army general Pharaoh Ay.

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