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 botched 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 and stirred 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, the lead restoration specialist, 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, 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 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 speculates that it could lie in a hidden chamber behind King Tut's tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

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Why might King Tut have been rushed into someone else’s tomb?
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COMMENTS (22)
  • Eric0221-YYCA
    1/04/2016 - 03:11 p.m.

    King Tut's burial mask might have been damaged by the broken beard because King Tut's burial mask had a damaged beard on the burial mask which the archaeologists should have made a hasty repair of the beard with epoxy glue. The glue should have stayed without getting knocked off because the archaeologists had already had to fix the beard on the second re-attempt to fix the beard that would stay on without getting knocked out. The archaeologists might have been able to fix the beard because the archaeologists might have been able to fix the beard without anybody knocking the beard off because the archaeologists had already fixed the beard. King Tut's burial mask might have been repaired which the archaeologists are able to get the burial mask up at the museum which the archaeologists have fixed the mask.
    Critical Thinking Question: Why might King Tut have been rushed into someone else's tomb?
    Answer: Because after King Tut had died at the age of 19, King Tut needed a burial tomb to hide the body in the outer chamber of Queen Nefertiti's burial tomb.

  • dianner-2-bar
    1/04/2016 - 07:41 p.m.

    King Tut might have been rushed into someones else's tomb because of war or because of really dangerous things that might have happened. I found this article okay because i guess i found out that a glue is stronger than other types of glue.

  • maryc-mci
    1/05/2016 - 11:39 a.m.

    I think this was very iteresting

  • jahmareel-mac
    1/06/2016 - 10:07 a.m.

    because people were looking for his body for money so people hid it really quick.

  • samuelh-3-bar
    1/06/2016 - 06:48 p.m.

    The reason that kink tut was rushed to some else tomb might because of his early death, so the Egyptians might have had enough time to build a grand tomb, or maybe the Egyptians were designing the tomb and Tut had to oversee the construction of the tomb that might have been built for him, but his untimely death might have put a halt to that construction.

  • blakea-dic
    1/06/2016 - 07:18 p.m.

    this article was kind of interesting in my opinion

  • grantm-2-bar
    1/07/2016 - 01:52 a.m.

    King Tut may have been rushed into someone else's tomb because there could've been someone breaking into his tomb at the time and he just had to get away from them. King Tut could've also been rushed into someone else's tomb because he might have been in a hurry and not realized he was in the wrong tomb. tomb raiders could've been raiding his temple then he got rushed to safety in the other temple. We may never know why king Tut was rushed into someone else's tomb.

  • gabriellek-1-bar
    1/07/2016 - 09:09 p.m.

    King Tut might have been rushed into someone else's tomb because he might not have been expecting to die at the age of 19. It takes a lot of time and effort put in by the Egyptians to build a tomb, so when he died they might not have finished and came up with a different place to put King Tut. I found this article surprising because someone had accidentally knocked off the beard of King Tut's burial mask. I found this article interesting that they repair these ancient artifacts and then accidentally do more damage causing he or she to do even more work to fix the piece that was broken.

  • oliviam-6-bar
    1/07/2016 - 09:24 p.m.

    One reason that King Tut was put in somebody else tomb is "Nefertiti was the subject of a famous 3,300-year-old bust. Her tomb was never found." The fact that archeologists never found Nefertiti's tomb supports the possibility of King Tut being buried in her tomb.

    the actual tomb of Nefertiti might be "hidden chamber behind King Tut's tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor."

  • josepht-2-bar
    1/07/2016 - 11:22 p.m.

    King Tut might have been rushed into another tomb because the Egyptians did not have enough time to build a new tomb. The reason why they didn't build a new tomb is because that they thought he would live a lot older then 19 years old. Or it is because they might have been in war with a different nation or they were in a civil war so they couldn't have made a new tomb. I found it interesting that the workers would even rush on such an old relic from Ancient Egypt.

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