Egypt to Restore 600 Coffins from Pharaonic Eras

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January 22, 2017

A two-country initiative will restore more than 600 coffins from Ancient Egypt.

The project is funded by a $130,000 grant from the U.S. Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation, which has, in past years, helped Egypt conserve an ancient temple and a Cairo mausoleum. The two-country project is affiliated with a 2016 treaty to target black market sales of Egyptian artifacts.

Both countries also want to increase tourist visits to levels seen before the 2011 uprising that resulted in the exit of President Hosni Mubarak. That set of events resulted in the country's first free election, a government run by members of longtime opposition party the Muslim Brotherhood, and then a coup led by current President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi.

The coffins, which date to various eras in the country's pharaonic history, are in storage at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

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