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Tut's Tomb gets a Facelift
« on: August 07, 2019, 11:22:32 AM »

British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor in 1922, but a number of people associated with the discovery later died, feeding rumours of King Tut’s “curse.”

The Egyptian boy king Tutankhamun’s gold-plated sarcophagus has been pictured outside his tomb for the first time since its discovery 100 years ago, with experts hurriedly working to fix the cracks discovered in the artefact, writes The Sun.

The gold-plated coffin is undergoing work along with thousands of other artefacts, as it is being readied for a new museum exhibit.
The treasured collection is to form the centrepiece of the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) that Egypt is set to inaugurate next year near the Pyramids of Giza.

According to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, the coffin was transported from Tut’s tomb in southern Egypt to the GEM last month “in order to be restored for the first time since the tomb’s discovery.”

“The coffin has suffered a lot of damage, including cracks in the golden layers of plaster and a general weakness in all golden layers,” said GEM expert Eissa Zidan.

Restoration work on the coffin is reportedly to continue for about eight months. The coffin has not been worked on by experts since its discovery by British archaeologist Howard Carter.

The scientist found the untouched tomb of the 18th dynasty king in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor in 1922. The find contained a further 5,000 priceless artefacts.
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