An Ancient Egyptian mummy thought to be that of Pharaoh Ramses I
has returned home after more than 140 years in North American
The body was carried off the plane in Cairo in a box draped in
The Michael Carlos Museum gave it back after tests showed it was
probably that of the man who ruled 3,000 years ago.
The US institution acquired it three years ago from a Canadian
museum, which in turn is thought to have bought it from Egyptian
grave robbers in 1860.
The mummy was welcomed back home with songs and military band
music during a ceremony at the national museum in Cairo.
"We are the sons of the Nile. Welcome Ramses, the builder of
esteemed Egypt," sang a group of schoolchildren around the coffin.
Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities,
travelled from the US with the body and said it would be moved next
year to the Luxor Museum in southern Egypt.
"We are not 100% sure that the mummy is that of Ramses I," said
Mr Hawass. "But we are 100% sure that it is of a king."
Atlanta's Michael Carlos Museum acquired the mummy in 1999, but
offered to return it after hi-tech scanning equipment indicated it
was likely to be that of Ramses I.
The museum web site said it had been acquired from the Niagara