GEM receives Assasif coffins as Grand Egyptian museum
Monday، 11 November 2019 - 12:17 PM
Museum (GEM) has received colored coffins belonging to pharaohs, which were discovered by the archaeological mission in the Assasif Cemetery in Luxor’s western mainland.
The coffins will be restored in preparation for displaying them during the museum's inauguration by the end of 2020, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said in statements on Monday.
Archaeologists and restoration experts took all needed measures to ensure that no damage will be caused to the coffins while being transferred from Luxor in Upper Egypt to GEM.
In October, the mission uncovered 30 wooden coffins in excellent condition, divided in two groups in two compartments within the cemetery and left in the same position by the pharaohs.
The coffins belong to men, women and children.
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), also known as the Giza Museum, is a planned museum of artifacts of ancient Egypt. Described as the largest archaeological museum in the world, the museum is under construction and is scheduled to open in 2020, exhibiting the full Tutankhamun collection with many pieces to be displayed for the first time. The museum is sited on 50 hectares (120 acres) of land approximately two kilometres from the Giza pyramids and is part of a new master plan for the plateau.