(CNN) – Ancient mummies of the Egyptian royal pharaoh descended from their resting places on Saturday and were paraded through the streets of Cairo to a new house.
Sounds like a film plot that was part of a grand celebration of Egyptian history and a project to move some of its greatest treasures to a new high-tech facility.
Mummies of Ramses the Great and 21 others were part of the much-awaited event “The Pharaoh’s Golden Parade” organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
The parade route took place between the Egyptian Museum, their old location near Tahir Square, their new home, the National Egyptian Museum of Civilization (NMEC) in Al-Fusat, Egypt’s first Islamic capital.
“I invite all Egyptians and the whole world to follow this unmatched event – instilling the spirit of the great ancestors who protected the motherland and created a civilization in which all humanity is proud – to keep on its way What we have started: the path of creation and humanity. “
Trains carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies depart from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahir Square during the parade.
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Sarcophagi are stone coffins often adorned with statues and inscriptions.
Among the Mummies are Raja Ramsay II, Seti I, Sekenere, and Tuthmosis III, in addition to four queens: Ahmoz-Nefertari, Ty, Meritmun, and Hatshepsut.
The parade was greeted by a 21-gun salute and joined by a military band. Mummies were carried on vehicles with special decorations with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs as well as their names inscribed in Arabic.
Mummies participating in the parade were discovered in two cacheties. The TT320 was first discovered in 1881 in Deer el-Bahri, West Bank, Luxor.
All 22 royal mummies are from the New Kingdom, an era where tombs were built underground with hidden entrances to plunder.
The purpose of the parade was to move 18 kings and four queens of Egypt with their coffins and belongings from their old home to the Egyptian Museum.
Artists dressed in ancient Egyptian costume marches at the start of a parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Tahir Square, Cairo.
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Dr. Mustafa Ismail, Conservation Head of Mummies Preservation Lab and Storeroom at NMEC, inspired a team of 48 people to prepare the royal mummies.
The preservation process, he told CNN, included each mummy in an oxygen-free, nitrogen capsule “that can preserve it without damaging it from the effects of moisture, especially as we talk about bacteria, fungi and insects are doing.”
The capsule is surrounded by soft material that distributes pressure and reduces vibration during transport.
When the mummies arrive at NMEC, the display units will have the same conditions as the nitrogen capsules. “So there will be no shock to the mummy when we take it from the box and put it in these units,” Ismail says.
Accompanying each mummy will be any item discovered with them, including their coffins.
The display will also show a CT scan that describes what is under the wrap, and sometimes any breaks in bones or diseases that afflict the Rohlis.
CNN’s Taylor Barnes and Hamdi Alkhashali contributed to this report.