King Tut Antiquities Take Flight in World Tour
March 7, 2018
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The only way to transport King Tut’s trove of treasures is through painstaking care and precautions.
As the official logistics provider of the KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition, FedEx transported 20 crates filled with almost 32,000 pounds of priceless artifacts more than 7,500 miles.
Ancient relics are incredibly sensitive to humidity and temperature. Materials last longer at cooler temperatures, and rapidly changing temperatures may have damaging effects on metals, stone, and other items. Changes in humidity cause objects to expand and contract, which can cause damage and accelerate deterioration.
More than 150 objects in the KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition were expertly packed in custom-built crates. The process was overseen by members of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and were outfitted with special tilt-sensing recorders.
The artifacts were escorted from Cairo by their own embedded special security team and a curator from Egypt, and were given a dedicated flight aboard a FedEx 777F, one of the most fuel-efficient planes in the FedEx fleet. On board the aircraft, the materials were loaded to travel towards the center of the plane, away from the door. This regulates air flow, and is the most temperature-stable position on the plane.
When they landed in Los Angeles, the crates were loaded to special temperature-controlled FedEx Custom Critical trucks for the final portion of the journey from the airport to the California Science Center.
Los Angeles is hosting the world premiere of the exhibition from March 24, 2018 – January 6, 2019 before it moves to Europe. The exhibit will conclude with the items going on permanent display at the new Grand Egyptian Museum being constructed in Cairo. More information at www.californiasciencecenter.org.
Media b-roll package from Los Angeles arrival of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition: