Over 3,000 years Old And Looking Good!

By Meera Dolasia on November 5, 2007

King Tutankhamun's (Tut) body was slowly removed from his sarcophagus (stone coffin) and face revealed the first time on Sunday, Nov 5th, 85 years after British archaeologist Howard Carter found his treasure-filled tomb.

The restoration process, which began two years ago, was primarily done to ensure that King Tut's face and what remains of the rest of the body could be preserved forever. When Howard Carter found the tomb, he nearly destroyed it by using sharp tools to remove Tut's gold mask. Further damage has been caused by thousands of tourists who visit the tomb every year.

King Tut was not the most powerful or most important ruler in Egypt , but he is one of the most popular and well known of the Pharaoh', for a number of reasons. His was the first tomb of its era to be discovered, was remarkably preserved and contained a treasure trove of gold and precious stones.  Added to this, were rumors of a mysterious "mummy's curse", that befell anyone who came in contact with this tomb.

Now King Tut lays in a glass case, in Luxor , Egypt, his toothy grin permanently affixed on his black leathery face and hopefully be preserved for many generations to come.  For read more about King Tut and the "mummy's curse" go to www.fieldmuseum.org/tut.

Sources: bbc.co.uk, nationalgeographic.com

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  • linSunday, August 10, 2014 at 1:00 am
    cool
    • kayleepettiford
      kayleepettifordFriday, May 23, 2014 at 7:29 am
      creepy but I learned stuff 300 years thats alot
      • PjWednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:45 am
        Nasty
        • lilly Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 5:54 pm
          good qeustion
          • lolaTuesday, May 20, 2014 at 5:53 pm
            are you kidding me that,s awesome
            • wowTuesday, May 20, 2014 at 4:04 pm
              Thats creepy he was king at the age of 9 years old and died at 19. That would have been a little creepy to find that.
              • yanna1
                yanna1Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 8:16 am
                i woder if he really looks like this like really who is that
                • kbj
                  kbjTuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:43 pm
                  i love history this is so cool!
                  • chemicalbulletsWednesday, April 30, 2014 at 9:12 am
                    is his head elongated? Longer than a usual humans?
                    • bb417
                      bb417Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm
                      Good question
                    • shinedown
                      shinedownTuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm
                      wow that is really cool i <3 history

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