Egypt started the 1st-ever restoration work on a gold-covered sarcophagus of boy pharaoh Tutankhamen, aka Tut, 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 8 months.
He said that’s because “the state of conservation is very fragile, as it was never restored” since Y 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.
Tutankhamen ascended the throne at 9 anni, ruling until his death at age 18 or 19.
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