Egypt restores King Tut's priceless golden coffin

Egypt restores King Tut's priceless golden coffin”

"It was isolated in a room for seven days and now the fumigation process will take place for three weeks, and we expect between eight and nine months of work to reach a good preservation state".

Egypt displayed on Sunday the gilded coffin of Tutankhamun, under restoration for the first time since the boy king's tomb was discovered in 1922.

Tutankhamun, known as the "Golden Pharaoh", was an 18th dynasty king who ruled from the age of eight to 19.

He was buried in the Valley of the Kings and discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.

The coffin will be displayed in the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, near Cairo. Tutankhamun is the formal name of the mummified pharaoh most tourists visiting Egypt's Valley of the Kings know as King Tut.

Egypt started the first-ever restoration work on a gold-covered sarcophagus of the famed boy pharaoh Tutankhamun, ahead of the country's new museum opening next year, Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany, said Sunday.

The tomb contained three anthropoid coffins nested within each other. It was found wrapped in linen inside the middle coffin which is made of gilded wood inlaid with multicolored glass.

Construction workers and journalists gather at the Grand Egyptian Museum under construction in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt, August 4, 2019.

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

Egypt, one of the most ancient civilizations, has been working effortlessly to preserve its rich archaeological treasures and historical heritage, which will also help boost the once-flourishing tourism industry that has largely been affected by the political turmoil over the past five years.

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