Thursday, June 5, 2014

News: Another Replica for Tomb of Thutmose III, Bolton Museum, United Kingdom

A replica of the burial chamber of Thutmose III
being created at Bolton Museum
Bolton Museum in United Kingdom will model the burial chamber on the tomb of Thutmose III, the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty who ruled Egypt for 54 years

A museum is hoping to bring ancient Egypt to Bolton - with plans to create a life-size replica of a Pharaoh’s tomb. The novel idea is part of a proposed £1.8m transformation of Bolton Museum in the town centre.

The vast burial chamber, complete with hieroglyphics, will be modelled on the tomb of Thutmose III, the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty who ruled Egypt for 54 years.

Council bosses hope the attraction will be ‘like no other in the world’ and bring thousands of visitors to the town and into the award-winning museum.

The tomb will be the main entrance area to the museum’s vast Egyptology collection, which includes more than 12,000 relics and one of the best preserved male mummies in the country - believed to be a relative of Pharaoh Ramesses II.

The council will submit a bid for cash to the Heritage Lottery Fund. A council spokesman said: “Initial plans to renovate the existing gallery have now been re-drafted to include a purpose-built gallery space, created above the museum and library building.

“Our bid for £1.8 million will remain the same, but will be slightly delayed to allow for the plans to be drawn up.

"We plan to submit at the end of August and expect a decision in December. If granted permission by HLF we can start preparatory works early next year. “These latest proposals will allow us to create a bespoke Egyptology gallery that will attract visitors from far and wide.

"The facsimile tomb will be the main attraction and be like no other in the world. “With the extra space allowed for the scheme we will be able to create a far better visitor experience, with an introduction area, displays to prepare visitors for what they are about to see and further exhibition space.

"It’s an exciting and ambitious plan for the museum.” According to experts, Thutmose III was a skilled warrior who conquered Syria. He is also known to have built a great number of temples and monuments. His mummy was discovered in 1881 and now resides in Cairo Museum.

Tomb of Thutmose III (KV34) – one of the most remote tombs in the Valley, located at the far end of the Valley and up several flights of steps to gain entry. The climb is worth it, though. The tomb has a large oval burial chamber. The decoration is unique, in a simple, pleasing style that resembles modern “stick figures” and the cursive writing of the time.
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