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King Tut's tomb restoration finally complete

January 24, 2019 | Comment icon 2 comments



King Tut is one of Egypt's most famous pharaohs. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Harry Potts
The decade-long process of restoring and reinforcing the 3,000-year-old tomb has finally been completed.
The final resting place of the boy king, who began his rule aged just 9, attracted the attention of the whole world after British archaeologist Howard Carter uncovered the entrance back in 1922.

What made the discovery particularly exciting was the fact that the tomb had lain untouched since antiquity, meaning that it was filled with a vast wealth of treasures and artefacts.

Once the valuables had been removed, the tomb itself quickly become a major tourist attraction.
Over the years however, a combination of dust, changes in humidity and the constant hustle and bustle of thousands of tourists cramming in to the tiny chamber slowly but surely took their toll.

Now finally, following a decade of restoration works, the tomb has been significantly improved both to repair damage that had already been caused and to prevent further damage in the future.

The ancient wall paintings that cover the sides of the chamber have been stabilized, while new barriers and a ventilation system have been installed to better protect them from damage.

"Conservation and preservation is important for the future and for this heritage and this great civilization to live forever," said Egyptologist Zahi Hawass.



Source: Live Science | Comments (2)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 4 years ago
Really fascinating, thank you for posting this. The tomb is stunningly beautiful, and it was interesting to learn about the efforts to conserve and restore it. Also interesting was that they saw archaeological value in preserving the microbiological spots.
Comment icon #2 Posted by susieice 4 years ago
Good find El. Excellent video. Knew about the spots but didn't know they are unique to this tomb. It's sad they can't remove them without damaging the paint. I hope the new ventilation system will help preserve the tomb better in the future, along with the new viewing platform.


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