Grand Egyptian Museum receives 1,199 objects from Alexandria antiquities stores
CAIRO: A set of 1,199 artifacts from the archaeological stores in Alexandria were transported to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in preparation for restoration and future display, Tarik Tawfik, GEM General Supervisor said in a statement Friday.
A specialized committee has been formed to examine and pack the objects as well as preparing a comprehensive report about the current status of each object, said Tawfik.
The artifacts date back to the New Kingdom Period (1580 B.C.-1080 B.C.) and the Greco Roman Period (332 B.C. – 395 A.D.) announced Issa Zeidan, the Director of Restoration Department at the GEM.
Among the objects are accessories, fishing tools, granite sphinx, a royal statue and a group of objects from "Heracleion" that were discovered in Alexandria at the late 1990s, he added.
During the past few years, the GEM received thousands of artifacts from several museums and archaeological sites ahead of its inauguration scheduled for 2018.
Earlier this month, the museum also received 31 wooden beams of the second solar barge of Pharaoh Khufu in preparation for restoration and reassembly.
In April 2015, a total of 200 artifacts of Pharaoh Tutankhamen's treasures were transferred to the GEM where they will be on display in a separate hall dedicated to the young pharaoh.
GEM, situated on 120 acres of land, is located 2 km southwest of the Giza Pyramids and was scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2015, but due to funding issues, according to former Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al Damaty's statement in Al-Ahram; it is not expected be inaugurated before 2018.
The construction of the three-phase project, which includes the construction of the museum's main building and implementation of the master plan, landscape parks and surrounding site infrastructure, began in March 2012, and two phases have been completed so far.