| by Raymon Kondos
CAIRO (youregypt.com) - Joint Egyptian-US archeological team
has recently concluded a difficult task to re-assemble the
inner sarcophagus of Pharaonic king Ramesses
I (1307 - 1306
BC) at his tomb in the Valley
of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt's
Antiquities Department had announced on last 21 March.
Culture Minister Farouk Hosni and
head of Antiquities, Zahi
inspect the sarcophagus
The two-year project, funded by USAID, had successfully cleaned
and collected together 250 available pieces of the 20th
dynasty King's sarcophagus and its lid,
both made of rare hard greenish stone.
According to Egypt 's antiquities department, this is the
first time that a royal sarcophagus of a New
Kingdom king is
reconstructed and re-exhibited inside its original tomb.
Although many pieces are still missing, there are enough that
has been cleaned and assembled to give the sarcophagus its
The head of the anthropoid sarcophagus had to be replaced
by a replica cast because the original one is still kept in
the British Museum since 1823.
The sarcophagus had once contained the king's mummy, and both
fitted in a wider sarcophagus. The whole set was placed in
a sunken pit in the king's burial chamber at his tomb, which
he was usurped and enlarged from his predecessor Ramesses V.
The project was done by the American Research Center in Egypt
in cooperation with Supreme Council of Antiquities and led
by Egyptologist Edwin Brock.