Thirty painted, anthropoid wooden coffins uncovered last month in Asasif have arrived to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) to be put on display for its opening at the end of 2020.
Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explains that the coffins were transported from Luxor to Cairo inside a special closed vehicle equipped with sensors to control and monitor the temperature inside as well as control the vibrations during transportation.
“The coffins will be put on show in a special gallery to highlight their archaeological, historical and art value,” Aref Moftah, supervisor-general of the GEM project, told Ahram Online.
Eissa Zidan, director of Restoration Affairs and the Transportation of Antiquities at the GEM, said that the coffins were restored prior to transportation.
Zidan said that the coffins were packed according to the latest methods and using non-alcoholic materials and foam.
The coffins, which contained mummies, were found by an Egyptian archaeological mission in October in Asasif Necropolis on Luxor’s west bank.