GEM Manager: Restoration of 50,000 Ancient Egyptian Monuments



Wed, 05 Sep 2018 - 02:06 GMT


Wed, 05 Sep 2018 - 02:06 GMT

Grand Egyptian Museum temporary logo

Grand Egyptian Museum temporary logo

CAIRO – 5 September 2018:Maintenance and restoration works of 50,000 ancient Egyptian monuments are currently being undertakenin order to prepare the monuments to be displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), according to its manager Tarek Tewfik.

Tewfik further clarified in statements he made on “El Ghad” TV channel with host Mohamed al-Maghrabi, that most ancient Egyptian monuments portrayed the fact that the Pharaohs had always believed in the idea of resurrection, hell and heaven.

Tewfik further explained that six ancient Egyptian warfare cartwheels are stored along with other ancient monuments in order to be displayed in the Grand Egyptian Museum soon. The storage process is done in a simple and practical way, Tewfik added.

On October 3, 2017, the Grand Egyptian Museum team packaged the second historic chariot and bed of Tutankhamun to transport them to the Grand Egyptian Museum, located about two kilometers from the Giza Pyramids.

The repair team used modern materials and methods in the process of packing and moving the bed. They also used precise air lifters that facilitated moving the bed from the base area without exerting any mechanical stress on it.

Previous studies on the internal structure and wooden joints of the king's bed have been implemented using an x-ray, which greatly helped to identify the weak points in the bed and determine the amount of intervention needed to maintain it during the transfer process.

The treasures of King Tutankhamun were exhibited in the Egyptian Museum located in Tahrir Square since their discovery inside King Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of Kings on the western bank of Luxor in 1922.

In earlier statements, the Minister of Antiquities had revealed that 50 percent of the work needed to build the new museum has been finalized and that the first phase will be inaugurated in 2019. The first phase will include a room for Tutankhamun’s relics.



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