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
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Egypt has put the famed golden burial mask of King Tutankhamun back on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The relic was repaired following a failed attempt to reattach the mask's beard with epoxy.
 
In August 2014, the beard was accidentally knocked off during work on the relic's lightening. Afterwards, workers hastily tried to reattach it with epoxy. That caused damage to the priceless artifact. 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 explored 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, which took two weeks, "was done exclusively by mechanical means."
 
"We used wooden tools, spatulas, other wooden instruments. In addition, we slightly warmed up the adhesive," he said.
 
The 3,300-year-old pharaonic mask was discovered in Tutankhamun's tomb along with other artifacts by British archeologists in 1922. It sparked worldwide interest in archaeology and ancient Egypt.
 
The mask is arguably 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.
 
Lately, King Tut has been at the focus of new archaeology and media buzz.  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.
 
Famed for her beauty, Nefertiti was the subject of a famous 3,300-year-old bust. Her tomb was never found.  Reeves guesses that it could lie in a hidden chamber behind King Tut's tomb.  The tomb is in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

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COMMENTS (87)
  • student8-tho
    1/04/2016 - 03:03 p.m.

    Egyptian sounds good to learn about because its about old things and i like old things

  • John0724-YYCA
    1/04/2016 - 03:37 p.m.

    I remember that there was like there 3 articles on tween tribune about some accidentally breaking King Tut's beard and now there is episode IV:Fixing King Tut's Beard. I really don't know if King Tut is that important because it doesn't sound that important but the scientists think they are.

  • william1108-yyca
    1/04/2016 - 03:46 p.m.

    WOW! I have actually never seen a tomb before. But I am a little sure that I don't want to see one. But looking at the image looks sort of cool. Maybe if I learn more about king tut then I can maybe search up where the tomb is.

  • angelinat-3-bar
    1/04/2016 - 08:01 p.m.

    King Tut might have been rushed to someone else's tomb, because the Ancient Egyptians did't want anyone to find him, and they probably thought that no one would look in someone else's tomb to find his tomb. The article says, "Reeves guesses that it could lie in a hidden chamber behind King Tut's tomb." This shows that maybe the Egyptians could have thought that the hidden chamber was hidden well enough and no one would find King Tut. I was interested in this article because History is one of my favorite subjects, and I love to learn about the ancient Egyptians. I was surprised by this article because I didn't think someone could be so reckless, and break a 3,300 year old artifact.

  • ben0424-yyca-byo
    1/05/2016 - 12:50 p.m.

    King Tut is really famous in Egyptian artifacts currently. So, if people had failed to put on King Tut's beard back on, I would understand why it would cause an uproar. Putting it back on was a good idea and I understand after a failed attempt that caused an uproar, trying to put it back on again immediately was the right thing to do.

  • drewt-bru
    1/05/2016 - 02:00 p.m.

    He was rushed into someone else's tomb because they were running out of room to build tombs,so they so they just put his body into someone else's tomb to avoid loosing rooms.

  • marshallh-wes
    1/05/2016 - 02:34 p.m.

    In the article it states that the outer chamber was for Queen Nefertiti and that they could have rushed him in there for him to be with her but she was not there for him. Another reason that he could have been rushed into someone else's tomb was maybe a thief could have been carrying his bodie out and someone heard him and he left the bodie and ran.

  • coltonl-pel
    1/06/2016 - 09:33 a.m.

    It was a decent story because it is about ancient civilizations and i like ancient civilizations

  • laurenw-pel
    1/06/2016 - 09:37 a.m.

    King Tut's mask looks really unique.

  • coltonl-pel
    1/06/2016 - 09:42 a.m.

    because he had died at such a young age and it was a tourist hotspot

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