Egypt displays restoration of Tutankhamun gilded coffin

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An archaeologist restores the sarcophagus of Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. (Reuters)
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An archaeologist restores an animal figure belonging to Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. (Reuters)
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The gilded coffin of King Tutankhamun during a restoration process. (AFP)
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A worker restores an artifact at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. (AP)
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An Egyptian archaeologist restores the throne of the throne of King Tutankhamun. (AFP)
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An Egyptian restoring the coffin of King Tutankhamun. (AFP)
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An Egyptian archaeologist operates to restore the coffin of King Tutankhamun. (AFP)
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Egyptian archaeologists restore the coffin and mummy of King Tutankhamun at the conservation center in the Grand Egyptian Museum. (AFP)
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n archaeologist restores the mummy of Tutankhamun next to a sarcophagus. (Reuters)
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The gilded coffin of King Tutankhamun. (AFP)
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An archaeologist restores the mummy of Tutankhamun at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. (Reuters)
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An archaeologist works next to the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun. (Reuters)
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An Egyptian archaeologist restores the throne of King Tutankhamun. (AFP)
Updated 05 August 2019

Egypt displays restoration of Tutankhamun gilded coffin

  • Restoration process began in mid-July after the three-tiered coffin was transferred to the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • The golden coffin of the boy king will be displayed along with other Tutankhamun artefacts toward the end of next year

CAIRO: Egypt displayed on Sunday the gilded coffin of Tutankhamun, under restoration for the first time since the boy king’s tomb was discovered in 1922.
The restoration process began in mid-July after the three-tiered coffin was transferred to the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo from the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, southern Egypt.


“We are showing you a unique historical artefact, not just for Egypt but for the world,” Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told a press conference at the new museum, which overlooks the famed Giza Pyramids.

The golden coffin of the boy king will be displayed along with other Tutankhamun artefacts toward the end of next year when Egypt’s new mega-museum is opened to the public.
The restoration is expected to take around eight months.


The outer gilded wood coffin stands at 2.23 meters (7.3 feet) and is decorated with a depiction of the boy king holding the pharaonic symbols the flail and crook, according to the ministry.
In the last century, the coffin has “developed cracks in its gilded layers of plaster, especially those of the lid and base.”


Famed British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the 18th dynasty king in Luxor in 1922.
Sunday’s announcement comes after the controversy the Pharoah courted in early July when a 3,000-year-old Tutankhamun artefact was sold in London for $6 million.
Furious Egyptian officials condemned the sale and asked the international police agency Interpol to trace the artefact which it deems looted.


Israel approves new settlement 2 days before polls: official

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Israel approves new settlement 2 days before polls: official

  • Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet agreed to turn the wildcat settlement of Mevoot Yericho in the Jordan Valley into an official settlement

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government approved a new settlement in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, his office said, just two days ahead of closely fought general elections.

Netanyahu’s cabinet agreed to turn the wildcat settlement of Mevoot Yericho in the Jordan Valley into an official settlement, the premier’s office said.

All settlements are viewed as illegal under international law, but Israel distinguishes between those it has approved and those it has not.

Sunday’s approval follows Netanyahu’s pledge last week to annex the Jordan Valley, which amounts to one-third of the West Bank, if he wins Tuesday’s elections.

“The government passed the PM’s motion to build Mevoot Yericho,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said as the weekly cabinet meeting was convened ceremoniously in the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu has also said he intends to annex settlements in the wider West Bank, but in coordination with US President Donald Trump, whose long-awaited peace plan is expected to be released after the election.

The prime minister’s annexation plans could effectively destroy any remaining hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Palestinians, the European Union and the United Nations condemned Netanyahu’s Jordan Valley announcement last week.

Netanyahu said the Jordan Valley annexation would not include Palestinian cities such as Jericho, but it would effectively be encircled by Israeli territory.

Netanyahu is locked in a tough re-election battle with ex-military chief Benny Gantz and his Blue and White centrist alliance, and right-wing nationalist votes are key for his Likud.