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Ancient mummies are paraded through the streets of Cairo

(CNN) — Ancient mummies of Egypt’s royal pharaohs emerged from their resting locations Saturday and had been paraded through the streets of Cairo to a brand new house.

What seems like the plot of a film was half of a lavish celebration of Egypt’s historical past and a undertaking to relocate some of its biggest treasures to a brand new excessive tech facility.

The mummies of Ramses the Great and 21 others had been half of “The Pharaoh’s Golden Parade,” a extremely anticipated occasion organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

The parade route occurred between the Egyptian Museum, their outdated location close to Tahrir Square, to their new house, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Egypt’s first Islamic capital, al-Fustat.

“This majestic scene is new evidence of the greatness of [the Egyptian] people, the guardian of this unique civilisation that roots back into the depth of history,” Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Twitter.

“I invite all Egyptians and the whole world to follow this unrivaled event — evoking the spirit of the great ancestors who preserved the homeland and created a civilization in which all humanity takes pride — to keep on our path that we have started: the path of construction and humanity.”

The carriages carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies depart from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square during the parade.

The carriages carrying 22 historic Egyptian royal mummies depart from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square throughout the parade.

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Along with the 22 royal Egyptian mummies, 17 royal sarcophagi had been additionally transported in the procession, which moved alongside the Nile River and was accompanied by chariots and horses, in response to Egypt-run Ahram Online.

Sarcophagi are stone coffins typically adorned with sculptures and inscriptions.

Among the mummies are these of kings Ramses II, Seti I, Seqenenre, and Tuthmosis III, along with 4 queens: Ahmose-Nefertari, Tiye, Meritamun and Hatshepsut.

The parade was saluted by 21-gun salutes and joined by a navy band. The mummies had been transported on particular embellished autos with their names inscribed in historic Egyptian hieroglyphs in addition to in Arabic.

The mummies who took half in the parade had been found in two cachettes. The first was unearthed in 1881 at Deir El-Bahari in Luxor’s West Bank in tomb TT320.

All 22 royal mummies are from the New Kingdom, an period the place tombs had been constructed underground with hidden entrances to push back grave robbers.

Preparing the mummies

The intention of the parade was to maneuver the 18 kings and 4 queens of Egypt, together with their coffins and belongings, from their outdated house at The Egyptian Museum.

Performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costume march at the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Performers wearing historic Egyptian costume march at the begin of the parade of 22 historic Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

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Dr. Mostafa Ismail, head of conservation at the Mummies Conservation Lab and Storeroom at the NMEC, led a group of 48 folks to arrange the royal mummies.

The conservation course of, he informed CNN, entails putting every mummy in an oxygen-free, nitrogen capsule “which can keep it preserved without being damaged from the effects of humidity, especially we’re talking about bacteria, fungi, and insects.”

The capsule is surrounded by comfortable materials that distributes strain and reduces vibrations throughout transportation.

When the mummies arrive at the NMEC, the show models can have the very same circumstances as the nitrogen capsules. “So there will not be any shock for the mummy when we take it from the box and put it in these units,” Ismail provides.

Accompanying every mummy might be any belongings found alongside them, together with their coffins.

Displays will even present CT scans which reveal what’s beneath the wraps, and generally any breaks in bones or illnesses that the royals.

CNN’s Taylor Barnes and Hamdi Alkhshali contributed to this report.

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