Monday, August 07, 2006

New mummy hall opens in Cairo Museum

"Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni inaugurates today the second hall of mummies that was set by the Supreme Council for Antiquities at the Egyptian museum in al Tahrir. Twelve royal mummies will be exhibited in the hall after twelve years since the inauguration of the first hall which included other eleven mummies. The Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawwas said that these mummies have been accurately restored in the laboratory of antiquities researches before being exhibited to get rid of humidity so as to prevent bacterial growth. An American researcher has prepared a study about the hall and a catalogue for its contents, which was useful in developing the hall and providing it with show windows and modern lights.
Head of the Egyptian museum, Dr. Wafaa Seddeq said that the hall houses eleven royal mummies in a good condition. They were discovered in the treasure of al Deir Al Bahari at Luxor then stored in the Egyptian museum about 80 years ago. The mummies date back to the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st dynasties. Some are royal mummies , others represent Amoun's priests."
This is the entire post on the State Information Service website.

Also available in video, showing the mummies and Zahi Hawass speaking about the new gallery on the BBC website either from their home page at or at the direct URL

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