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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    buggirl7/10/2013
    I don't think that this is gross at all. I think it is amazing that he has been preserved this long. It's sad that he is starting to deteriorate.
    • hamsterlover1236/30/2013
      Gross, but soooooooooooooooo cool
      • jin26/26/2013
        yea that is gross
        • erf6/17/2013
          that is gross
          • mustache1232
            mustache12326/10/2013
            It is cool but weird.
            • awesomeness5/21/2013
              coool
              • mummy5/17/2013
                THATS COOL
                • Bye5/17/2013
                  I thought It was really interesting I wish they had more to tell.
                  • hI4/7/2013
                    Ew... That's sooo creepy... But I really admire the scientists and all those people who worked for that King Tut's body!!
                    • Jesus1234/4/2013
                      That is so ....... Creep

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