KING TUTANKHAMU­N Val­ley of the Kings, Egypt

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KING Tut’s tomb lay un­touched for 3,000 years un­til Bri­tish ar­chae­ol­o­gist Howard Carter un­cov­ered it in 1922. The fo­cus of mass tourism, com­bined with the hu­mid­ity and dust, left the tomb of the Boy King in a sad state. So in 2009, a huge con­ser­va­tion ef­fort be­gan to re­store it and it’s now equipped with an air-filtration sys­tem, bar­ri­ers and view­ing plat­form and the wall paint­ings have been re­stored. Mean­while, Cairo’s much-de­layed

Grand Egyp­tian Mu­seum (a re­place­ment for the cen­tury-old Egyp­tian Mu­seum) is fi­nally set to open in April next year and will fea­ture the tomb’s trea­sures, in­clud­ing the death mask, dis­played in the ex­act or­der Carter found them.

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