CAIRO - 21 May 2021: On the occasion of the International Museum Day, Dr. Momen Osman, head of the ministry's museum sector, participated with a research team from the Ministry, via video conference, in the three-year ICOM-CC conference in China, which discusses the integrated methodology of archaeological conservation and is currently being held in Beijing, China, from May 17 to the 21st.
The research presented was titled “ Borrowed or Reused?. . Understanding beyond the reuse of king Ramses IV's coffin through photography methods" which addresses the definition of reused sarcophagi; as some are emptied, repainted and allocated to another person. The research explained that the mummy of King Ramses IV had been found in the cache of royal mummies in the tomb of Amenhotep II in the valley of the kings, in a sarcophagus originally owned by a priest, where the original decoration was hidden in a cast layer.
Another research titled "From the stage of excavation to the museum presentation through cooperation in the restoration of the oldest written papyrus", was presented by the Ministry during the conference, in collaboration with Mr. Pierre Talé and Ms. Yves Menin of the University of Sorbonne, France. It was about the restoration of the Papyrus “Wadi al-Garf” the oldest written papyrus discovered in the Garf Valleys, located on the western shore of the Gulf of Suez during the fossil seasons since 2013, 2016 and dates back to the era of King Khufu.