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Archeology: Egypt starts restoration on King Tut's coffin - Culture

Egypt restores King Tut's priceless golden coffin Egypt displays restoration of King Tut's gilded coffin
Patty Aguilar | 06 August, 2019, 01:14

The gold-covered sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun is encased in a tent for restoration procedures at the conservation center of the the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.

The gilded outer coffin has been removed from the king's tomb for the first time since it was discovered in 1922 and it will take eight months to restore weaknesses in the plaster. Tutankhamun, a pharaoh of the 18th Egyptian dynasty, ruled Egypt from 1332 to 1323 B.C.

The Large Gilded Coffin of King TutankhamunTutankhamun, also known worldwide as the Golden Pharaoh, was an 18th...

"We are showing you a unique historical artifact, not just for Egypt but for the world", Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told a press conference at the new museum, which overlooks the famed Giza Pyramids. It has remained untouched since 1922, when British archaeologist Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered the 3,000-year-old tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

The tomb contained three anthropoid coffins nested within each other.

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Soon after the discovery of the tomb, the inner and middle coffins were moved to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, while the outer gilded coffin was left inside the tomb.

The sarcophagus of King Tut is constructed of wood and gilded with gold.

He added he hopes the famous coffin will be ready for exhibition following the restoration work.

Tourism in Egypt has started to pick back up in recent years after it flagged because of the turmoil following political unrest in 2011, but it remains well below a 2010 peak of more than 14.7 million tourists.

After the sterilization, Kamal said, the restoration process will take some eight months, noting that it will be displayed for the first time at the GEM in 2020.

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