Nov 5, 2007

See the face of King Tutankhamun

A piece of royal history! The face of King Tutankhamun has gone on display for the first time, 85 years after it was discovered. The 3,000-year-old face was unveiled inside his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The pharaoh's body has been placed in a special heat and dust proof glass box to protect it from visitors.

The famous pharaoh's sarcophagus was discovered by British Egyptologist Howard Carter on November 4, 1922. Trying to solve many mysteries, he removed it from the tomb near Luxor and broke it into pieces in the process. After lots of study and scanning the mummy, archaeologists found that 19-year-old King Tutankhamun died in 1323BC.

After completion of the study, the mummified remains were returned but kept away from the 5,000 tourists who visit the tomb daily. Two years ago, scientists began to restore the mummy after fears were raised that the humidity caused by mass tourism would reduce it to dust.

Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said: 'The golden boy has magic and mystery and now every person in the world will see what Egypt is doing to preserve him.' Link


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