Conservators have finally completed a decade-long restoration of the tomb of King Tutankhamun in Egypt. The project — carried out by the Los Angeles-based Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities — involved stabilizing the wall paintings that decorated the 3,000-year-old tomb, as well as adding features like new barriers and a new ventilation system that would reduce damage to the site in the future. “Conservation and preservation is important for the future and for this heritage and this great civilization to live forever,” Zahi Hawass, Egyptologist and former minister of State for Antiquities in Egypt, said in a statement. Tutankhamun was born during Egypt’s New Kingdom, around 1341 B.C. Sometimes called the boy king, he began his rule at age 9, and died suddenly in his late teens. [In Photos: The Life and Death of King Tut] Tut’s tomb became world famous in 1922, when British Egyptologist Howard Carter found the site in pristine condition. While many other royal tombs in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings had been pilfered in antiquity, Tutankhamun’s burial chamber was discovered intact, thanks to mud and rocks that blocked the entrance. Carter’s team spent 10 years removing artifacts from the richly… Read full this story
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