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Three new galleries will showcase more than 1,500 historic items

Assistant conservator Emma Davey with a 19th-century Chinese painting

More than 1,500 historic items, 40 per cent of which have not been on display for at least a generation, are being readied to take their place in three new galleries that will open at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on 8 February

Ancient Egypt Rediscovered covers 3,000 years of history, highlighting the stories of individuals to help engage visitors with this remarkable civilisation. Objects on display will include the only intact royal burial group outside of Egypt, the only double coffin ever discovered in Egypt and a cosmetics box which is one of the finest examples of decorative woodwork to survive from ancient Egypt. The gallery will also chart the unique contribution made by Scots to the development of Egyptology.

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