King Tut Leaves His Coffin For The First Time After 3,300 Years

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King Tut Leaves His Coffin For The First Time After 3,300 Years

 

Howard Carter, a British archeologist and Egyptologist, spent many years and a lot of money searching for a tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings that they weren’t sure still existed. Finally, on November 4, 1922, they found it. King Tut, known as the “Golden Pharaoh,” was an 18th dynasty king who ruled from the age of eight to 19. According to the Daily Mail, a British daily middle-market newspaper published in London in a tabloid format, he is best known for being the first royal tomb to be discovered almost entirely intact.

 

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King Tut’s tomb contained three coffins that were nestled within one another. Only the outer gilded coffin, which is made from wood with gold covering, was left with the pharaoh because the other two caskets were transferred to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Aside from that, Carter and his team discovered royal treasures inside the tomb, including a dagger made from a meteorite. 3,300 years since it was discovered, King Tut has been removed from the outer coffin to restore it. 

 

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According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the experts stated that it would take a minimum of eight months to restore the coffin considering its damages. Eissa Zeidan, general director of First Aid Conservation and Transportation of Artifacts, stated that it is about “30 percent damaged” due to the heat and humidity inside the tomb. “The coffin is in a very bad condition, very deteriorated. We found many cracks, we found many missing parts, missing layers.”

However, the most concerning were the strange brown spots on the tomb’s paintings. Experts suggested that those were signs of microbial growth. Once the restoration is done, the coffin will be put on display in the Grand Egyptian Museum - the first time the three caskets have been displayed together since their discovery. 

 

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