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Twenty-two royal mummies, including 18 pharaohs and four queens, were recently relocated to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in a lavish processional.  The “Pharaoh’s Golden Parade” as it was called, involved each mummy being driven in vehicles made to look like the ancient boats that were used to carry the dead pharaohs to their tombs.  The mummies were carried in special nitrogen-filled containers to help protect them from the elements, and the roads along the route were repaved to ensure a smooth journey.  The mummies were transported in chronological order of their reigns, beginning with the 17th-century BC ruler, Seqenenre Taa II, through to Ramses IX, who reigned in the 12th Century BC.  The remains of pharaohs such as Thutmose I, Thutmose II, Thutmose III, Amenhotep II, and Rameses II, as well as the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut were also transported to their new home.  The mummies will now be displayed in the Royal Hall of Mummies at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization; the exhibit will open to the public on April 18, 2021.  A number of the Egyptian rulers who were moved were likely involved in biblical history.  Some scholars believe that Hatshepsut may have been Pharaoh’s daughter who raised Moses, and that Amenhotep II is a prime candidate for the Pharaoh of the exodus (see the article by Douglas Petrovich below).






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