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Egypt Begins Restoration on King Tut's Golden Coffin

The coffin remained in the tomb until July, when it was moved to the new Grand Egyptian Museum, being built near the famed pyramids of Giza outside Cairo

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    Egypt Begins Restoration on King Tut's Golden Coffin
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    An Egyptian archaeologist restores the throne of King Tutankhamun at the conservation center in the Grand Egyptian Museum on August 4, 2019. For the first time since the tomb was discovered in 1922, the coffin was transported from King Tutankhamun's tomb at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor to the Grand Egyptian Museum for an eight-month restoration process, before being displayed among his treasured collection at the museum. 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, the antiquities minister said Sunday.

    Khaled el-Anany told reporters that work on the outermost coffin, which is made of wood and gilded with gold, is expected to take at least eight months.

    He said that's because "the state of conservation is very fragile, as it was never restored" since 1922, when British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the intact 3,000-year-old tomb and the treasures it held.

    The coffin remained in the tomb until July, when it was moved to the new Grand Egyptian Museum, being built near the famed pyramids of Giza outside Cairo.

    Tutankhamun ascended the throne at age nine, ruling until his death at age 18 or 19.