CAIRO (Kyodo) Japan International Cooperation Agency experts Wednesday measured the golden mask of boy king Tutankhamen and other artifacts at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo as they prepared to move the treasures to a new museum.

“We are proud that Egypt put us in charge of handling the country’s most important treasure,” said chief JICA adviser Mikio Nakamura.

The operation is part of a JICA-backed project to reconstruct the database of Egyptian artifacts ahead of the transfer of some 12,500 of the objects to the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is scheduled to open in 2013 near the pyramids in Giza on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital.

The experts are confirming the artifacts’ places of storage and measuring their sizes to build an accurate database, which they say is indispensable for their transfer and for the opening of the new museum.

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