King Tut's mask back on display after botched repair fixed German restorer Christian Eckmann examines the beard of the golden mask of the famed King Tutankhamun. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
King Tut's mask back on display after botched repair fixed
Lexile

Egypt has put the famed golden burial mask of King Tutankhamun back on display. It is at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The relic was fixed following a failed attempt to reattach the mask's beard with epoxy.
 
In August 2014, the beard was accidentally knocked off. It happened during work on the relic's lightening. Afterwards, workers quickly tried to reattach it with epoxy.  That caused damage to the priceless artifact.  And it stirred an uproar among archaeologists.
 
A German-Egyptian team began restoration work on the mask in October. Egypt's Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said the reattachment came after studies looked into the best materials to use for the work.
 
"We indeed found them to be the natural materials which the ancient Egyptian used. They are still the best tools: beeswax," el-Damaty told reporters in Cairo on Dec. 16. "It was prepared well. And the beard was attached very successfully."
 
Christian Eckmann is the lead restoration specialist.  He said removing the mask took two weeks.  It was done solely by mechanical means, he said.
 
"We used wooden tools, spatulas, other wooden instruments. In addition, we slightly warmed up the adhesive," Eckmann said.
 
The 3,300-year-old pharaonic mask was discovered in Tutankhamun's tomb along with other artifacts by British archeologists. The discovery was made in 1922. It sparked worldwide interest in archaeology and ancient Egypt.
 
The mask is maybe the best-known piece in the museum. The facility is one of Cairo's main tourist sites. The museum was built in 1902. It houses ancient Egyptian artifacts and mummies.
 
King Tut has been at the focus of new archaeology and media buzz lately. This came after British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves theorized that Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Queen Nefertiti's tomb.
 
Nefertiti was famed for her beauty. She was the subject of a famous 3,300-year-old bust. Her tomb was never found. Reeves thinks that it could lie in a hidden chamber behind King Tut's tomb. The tomb is in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

Filed Under:  
Assigned 35 times
CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Why might King Tut have been rushed into someone else’s tomb?
Write your answers in the comments section below


COMMENTS (3)
  • silverc-bel
    1/07/2016 - 02:02 p.m.

    So he is safe

  • lindsayt-bel
    1/07/2016 - 02:03 p.m.

    King Tut could have been rushed into someone else's tomb so he would be safer.

  • ebonys-pay
    1/27/2016 - 11:12 a.m.

    I think so because maybe his death came sudden and unexpected that when he died no one knew where to put hi so he was rushed into someone else's tomb.

Take the Quiz Leave a comment
ADVERTISEMENT