CAIRO: A total of 245 artifacts were transported to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in preparation for restoration and future display, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
Thirty five of the said artifacts, spanning several periods of ancient Egyptian history, were brought from the Beni Suef Museum, an official source at the GEM told Youm7.
They include four sarcophagi, which were found during excavation work carried out at Abu Sir archaeological site, in addition to four colossal statues dating back to the Greco-Roman Period (332B.C.-395A.D.), the source said.
The other 210 artifacts are from a collection at the Egyptian Museum located at Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square, the source noted, adding that a specialized committee has been formed to examine and pack the objects as well as preparing a comprehensive report about the current status of each object ahead of renovation.
During the past few years, the GEM received thousands of artifacts from several museums and archaeological sites ahead of its inauguration scheduled for 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.
Built over 120 acres of land, GEM is located 2 km southwest of the Giza Pyramids and was scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2015, but due to funding issues it has been delayed until August 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. Two phases have currently been completed.