Mummy of King Tutankhamen

 
Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

-- (Credit: REUTERS)The mummy of King Tutankhamen went on a public display for the first time on November 4, after archaeologists removed the body from his stone sarcophagus in an underground tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt. The 3,000-year-old remains needs immediate protection, since they started deteriorating from heat and humidity since the tomb's opening 85 years ago. Archaeologists first examined the mummy in 2005 using a CT scanner and noticed significant decline in its condition. The mummy is now placed in a climate-controlled glass display case in the tomb, with only the face and feet visible. The high-tech showcase can precisely control humidity and airflow. It will be filled with a nitrogen-rich mixture deadly to known bacteria and mold.

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