Egypt Consults the World on Moving King Tut Items

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May 7, 2017

Some King Tut items are on the move.

The bed, throne, and a few chests found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen, the famed "Boy King" of Ancient Egypt, are being moved from Cairo's Egyptian Museum to a museum being built in another part of the country's capital city. The new museum will be called the Grand Egyptian Museum and will open near the Giza Pyramids toward the end of 2017.

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities convened a panel of its own archaeologists–along with conservation experts from Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland–to help facilitate the safe transfer of the items. The experts were keen to avoid a repeat of a 2014 incident in which a beard attached to King Tut's golden mask was accidentally removed and then hastily and insufficiently reattached. The final repairs on the mask took a year to complete, and the museum workers responsible for the initial botched repair were charged with negligence.

Tutanhkamen lived a short life and ruled for only a short time. He is known far and wide for the items found in his tomb, which was discovered in 1922 by a team of archaeologists led by Howard Carter.

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