News & Opinion | August 7, 2019 12:27 pm

King Tut’s Tomb Is Being Restored After It Was Found in “Very Bad Condition”

It’s the first time the tomb is being restored since its discovery in 1922.

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The burial mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun (Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)

In preparation for a brand-new museum overlooking the Pyramids of Giza, King Tutankhamun’s famous tomb is being restored for the first time since its discovery in 1922. 

The restoration process is expected to take about 8 months to complete. 

The wooden coffin is about “30 percent damaged” due to high temperatures and intense humidity inside the tomb, according to Eissa Zeidan, general director of First Aid Conservation and Transportation of Artifacts “The coffin is in a very bad condition, very deteriorated. We found many cracks, we found many missing parts, missing layers.”

The coffin undergoing restoration is the largest and outermost of the three coffins in which the ancient mummy was found. While this coffin remained inside the tomb until now, the two inner coffins have been on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. At the new museum’s grand opening in 2020, all three three will be on display together for the first time. 

Although the museum itself is expected to garner large crowds, Tut’s tomb is set to be one of the main attractions. According to Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany, the tomb exhibition will cover more than 75,000 square feet and act as the centerpiece of what will be the largest museum in the world dedicated to a single civilization. “Tutankhamun would be the star in any museum in the world,” Anany said.

 

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