CAIRO – Egypt on Saturday brought the sixth and final chariot of the famous Pharaoh Tutankhamun to the boy king’s extensive collection of items in a museum under construction near the pyramids in Giza.
The unique artifact, which has been an important feature of the Military Museum for over 30 years, led through Cairo with an escort of the Military Police to its final resting place at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which houses thousands of artifacts from various dynasties of Ancient Egypt. King Tut’s items, including the six chariots, are to be displayed in halls spanning 7,000 square meters of the museum.
The Ministry of Antiquities has gradually moved King Tut’s items to the new museum for restoration before they are exhibited. The transfer of King Tut’s belongings has become a particularly sensitive issue; In 2014, the beard attached to the priceless gold mask of the ancient Egyptian monarch was accidentally chopped off and hastily reattached with an epoxy adhesive compound, causing an uproar among archaeologists.
The move of King Tut’s sixth chariot on Saturday was preceded by the fourth Tutankhamun International Conference, attended by a multitude of Egyptologists and archaeologists from around the world.
During the conference, Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said that the first phase of the museum, including the halls of King Tut, will be completed by the end of this year, but the date for the museum’s soft opening has not yet been set. The museum currently houses more than 43,200 artifacts, over 4,500 of which belong to King Tut alone. The opening of the museum is planned for 2022.
Archaeologist Zahi Hawass told reporters that excavation work is currently underway on the tomb of King Tut’s wife Ankhesenamun and he expects it to bear fruit soon.
“Perhaps a tomb will soon be unveiled in the Valley of the Apes or in the western Valley of the Kings,” he said.
The almost intact tomb of King Tut, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor. For many, King Tut embodies the glory of ancient Egypt, as his tomb was from 1569 to 1315 BC. Filled with the glittering wealth of the rich 18th dynasty. He was born in 1333 BC. Pharaoh at the age of 10, but only ruled for a crucial nine years in the history of ancient Egypt.