King Tut makes an appearance

Egypt puts boy pharaoh's mummy on display for first time in 85 years.

    Scientists began restoring King Tut's badly damaged mummy more than two years ago [AP]

    A highly publicised museum exhibit will open later this month in London followed by a US tour that starts at the Dallas Museum of Art.
     

    'Brittle mummy'

     

    Scientists began restoring King Tut's badly damaged mummy more than two years ago.

     

    Much of the mummy's body is broken into 18 pieces, Hawass said.

     

    He fears that mass tourism may deteriorate King Tut's mummy further as thousands of tourists visit the underground chamber every month.

     

    "The humidity and heat caused by ... people entering the tomb and their breathing will change the mummy to a powder. The only good thing in this mummy is the face. We need to preserve the face," Hawass said.

     

    The mystery surrounding King Tut and his glittering gold tomb has enchanted fans since Howard Carter, a British archaeologist, first discovered the hidden tomb in Luxor's famed Valley of the Kings on November 4, 1922.

     

    Several books and documentaries have been dedicated to the young pharaoh, who is believed to have been the 12th ruler of ancient Egypt at the tender age of 8.

     

    Egypt's tourism industry is hoping to capitalise on the public’s fascination in King Tut and draw tourists to Luxor to see the boy king.

     

    More than 9 million tourists visited Egypt last year - up from 8.7 million the previous year, the Egyptian Tourist Authority said.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    We visualised 1.2 million votes at the UN since 1946. What do you think are the biggest issues facing the world today?

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.