Tutankhamun’s tomb to close for restorations

Date:

Share post:

The tomb of legendary boy pharaoh Tutankhamun in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings will close from October for restorations, the antiquities ministry said Sunday.

Tutankhamun's tomb to close for restorations
KV62 in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor (Egypt) 
[Credit: WikiCommons]

The pharaoh, who died aged 19 in 1324 BC after a reign of nine years, is best known for the treasures found in his burial chamber, which include an 11-kilogram (25-pound) solid gold funerary mask incrusted with lapis lazuli and semi-precious stones.

The authorities have decided to restore the tomb, discovered near the southern city of Luxor in 1922 by British archeologist Howard Carter, to “preserve it and protect it” as it is “one of Egypt’s most important archaeological sites”, Antiquities Minister Mamduh al-Damati said in a statement.

“King Tutankhamun’s mummy will be transferred to a secondary tomb chamber to protect it,” ministry official Mohamed Afifi said.

It was not clear how long the restoration works, which include giving the tomb a new floor, would last.

In January, Tutankhamun’s golden mask made headlines after a “botched” repair that left a crust of dried glue on the priceless relic at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. Workers at the museum had fixed the mask’s beard in place after it had fallen off.

Luxor, a city of half a million on the banks of the river Nile, is an open-air museum abounding with temples and tombs from ancient Egypt.

Source: AFP [September 20, 2015]

1 COMMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

spot_img

Related articles

New tomb of Baekje Dynasty discovered in Seoul

An ancient tomb of the Baekje Dynasty was found in Seokchon-dong in Seoul. The tomb reportedly consists of...

Lebanon battles to get its treasures back

The Temple of Eshmun is the best-preserved Phoenician site in Lebanon. Located close to the southern city of...

Bones of Roman Britons provide new clues to dietary deprivation

Researchers at the University of Bradford have shown a link between the diet of Roman Britons and their...

Coastal strip in Brazil sheds new light on early farming

Humans may have been cultivating plants on a narrow coastal strip in Brazil as far back as 4,800...

Historic Danish warship found at the bottom of the Kattegat Sea

After searching for over a decade, a team of divers have discovered the long-lost wreck of the Printz...

New structures found in El Salvador’s San Andrés archaeological complex

El Salvador's cultural authorities on Tuesday presented new structures and artefacts discovered in the San Andrés archaeological complex,...

Experts plumb Gulf of Mexico searching for vessels sunk by Cortes

Mexican and U.S. experts have launched a new search to find ships sunk five centuries ago by Spanish...

Second domestic quarter found in Çatalhöyük

A second domestic quarter was found during the excavations carried out in Çatalhöyük, the neolithic site located in...