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King Tut's Tomb Soon to be Closed to Public
January 21, 2011

The tomb of King Tutankhamen, the famed King Tut, will be closed to the public in 2011, the Egyptian government has announced.

According to Dr. Zahi Hawass, the head of the country's Supreme Council of Antiquities, the tomb of Tut is suffering from too much exposure, which has elevated temperatures within the tomb and led to the creation of mold on some of the walls. Tut's is one of the most precious of archaeological finds, and the Egyptian government wants to keep the tomb as tidy and historically accurate as possible.

But that's not the end of the line for the Boy King. Egyptian authorities say that they're very closing to identifying a recently discovered tomb, one that Egyptians say is likely that of Ankhesenamun, the half-sister and later wife of Tutanhkamen. The tomb, the 64th burial chamber found in the Valley of the Kings, has all the hallmark's of a queen's resting place, including some hints that Hawass and others think prove the identity of the person buried inside.

An exhibit featuring many of the riches of King Tut's tomb has been making the rounds in cities around the world, finishing in Melbourne before returning home.



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