(CNN)— The ancient mummy of the Egyptian royal pharaoh came out of the resting place on Saturday and marched through the streets of Cairo to his new home.
It sounds like the plot of a movie, part of a luxurious celebration of Egyptian history, and a project to transfer Egypt’s greatest treasure to a new high-tech factory.
The mummies of Ramses the Great and 21 others were part of the “Pharaoh’s Golden Parade”, a highly anticipated event organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
The parade takes place between the Egyptian Museum (located on the old site near Tahrir Square) and the new residence. Egypt’s first Islamic capital, al-Fustat, is located in the Egyptian National Museum of Civilization (NMEC).
“I invite all Egyptians and the whole world to pay attention to this unparalleled event-to evoke the spirit of the great ancestors, who preserved their homeland and created a civilization that all mankind is proud of-continue the path we have taken: the path of construction and humanization .”
During the parade, a carriage carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departed from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square in Cairo.
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The sarcophagus is a sarcophagus, often decorated with sculptures and inscriptions.
Among these mummies are Ramses II, Seti I, King Sekenanre and Thutmies III, and four queens: Mummy-Nefertari, Tiye, Merita Gate and Hatsheep Suter.
The parade performed a 21-cannon salute, and a military band participated in the parade. The mummies were transported in specially decorated vehicles, and their names were carved in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and Arabic.
The mummy participating in the parade was found in two flat springs. The first was unearthed in the TT320 tomb of Deir El-Bahari on the west bank of Luxor in 1881.
All 22 royal mummies came from the New Kingdom. In this era, tombs were built underground with hidden entrances to defend against robbers.
Prepare the mummy
The purpose of the parade was to remove the 18 kings and 4 queens of Egypt, as well as their coffins and objects from their old residence in the Egyptian Museum.
At the beginning of the 22 royal Egyptian mummies parade from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, Cairo, performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costumes.
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Dr. Mostafa Ismail, the head of protection of the NMEC Mummy Protection Laboratory and Storage Room, led a team of 48 people to prepare the royal mummies.
He told CNN that the protection process involves placing each mummy in an oxygen-free nitrogen capsule, “this keeps the mummy from being damaged by humidity, especially when we are talking about bacteria, fungi and insects.”
The capsule is surrounded by a soft material, which can distribute pressure and reduce vibration during transportation.
When the mummy reaches the NMEC, the display unit will have exactly the same conditions as the nitrogen balloon. Ismail added: “So when we take the mummies out of the boxes and place them in these units, the mummies will not be hit in any way.”
Each mummy will accompany all the objects they find, including the coffin.
The display will also show a CT scan to show what is under the package, and sometimes any fractures in bones or diseases that tormented the royal family.
CNN’s Taylor Barnes and Hamdi Alkhshali contributed to this report.