CAIRO: A set of 526 artifacts from the archaeological stores in Giza’s southern city of Atfih were transported to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) Sunday in preparation for restoration and future display, Tarik Tawfik, GEM General Supervisor said in a statement.
The artifacts, spanning several periods of the ancient Egyptian history, include four Canopic jars representing the four sons of God Horus, mummies covered with gilded cartonnage dating back to the Greco-Roman Period (332 B.C.-395 A.D.), a set of bronze statues for God Osiris, amulets and alabaster jars, said Tawfik.
“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,” said the museum’s Director of Restoration Department Issa Zeidan.
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.