When Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb in 1922, he knew he had just stumbled upon something that would definitely get the world’s attention. And he wasn’t wrong.

More than nine decades later, King Tut’s name has risen to prominence and his tomb has attracted millions of tourist since its discovery.

Buried deep in three concentric coffins laid King Tut’s mummified body and some other artifacts buried with him.

Since its discovery in 1922, the King’s body has been moved out of the coffin and placed in his tomb under standardized conditions for public viewing. The two innermost coffins were also moved to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and put on display for public viewing.

But what has remained in the same position since the tomb’s discovery is King Tut’s outermost coffin.

The coffin is the largest of the three coffins, made of wood and covered in gold and several semiprecious stones, the coffin is a symbol of the wealth of the ancient Egyptian kings.

While the other two innermost coffins were moved after Howard Carter discovered the tomb in 1922, the outermost coffin has remained in the tomb and was finally moved in July 2019 for restoration of the coffin.

The State Of The Coffin

Egypt’s Antiquities Minster Khaled el-Anany confirmed the state of the coffin when quizzed about the initial condition of the coffin. He said:

“The coffin is in a very bad condition, very deteriorated. We found many cracks, we found missing parts and missing layers.”

The heat and humidity inside the tomb are responsible for the damage to the coffin, and experts say about 30% of the coffin has been damaged.

However, restoration of the coffin has started and it would take about eight months for the coffin to be completely restored.

The Outermost Coffin Was Left For 97 Years After The Tomb’s Discovery

Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 after it had been buried in pebbles for over 3,300 years in The Valley Of The Kings.

King Tut was buried in 3 concentric coffins put inside one another; the innermost coffin is made of pure gold while the outer coffins made of wood, covered in gold and other semiprecious stones.

The two innermost coffins have been removed and have been on display at Egypt Museum in Cairo while the outermost coffin has remained in the tomb.

But in July 2019 (97 years after the tomb’s discovery), the outermost coffin was finally removed, fumigated, and restoration of the coffin has already started.

The outermost coffin should be ready for public viewing in the new Grand Museum in Egypt towards the end of 2020 and would be the first time that the three coffins of King Tut will be in the same place for public viewing together.

The Renovation Of King Tut’s Tomb Took Nearly A Decade For It To Be Completed

King Tut has become one of the most popular ancient Egyptian kings since the discovery of his tomb in 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter who has become world-famous for discovering the intact tomb.

Over the years, his tomb has attracted millions of tourists from all over the world due to its historical significance and the public interest it beholds.

Years of tourists consistently trudging through the tomb has started to take its toll on the delicate monument, causing irreparable damage over the decades.

Hence, both the Getty Conservation Institute and Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities committed themselves to restore King Tut’s tomb, and the restoration took nearly a decade to complete.

The delicate nature of the artifacts found in the tomb means that the tomb’s environmental conditions have to be regulated to help preserve the artifacts for as long as possible for public viewing.

As a result of this, the monument has an air filtration and ventilation system installed to regulate the humidity, carbon dioxide, and dust level inside the tomb.

All these conditions can contribute to the deterioration of the content of the tomb. Also, better lighting systems for better viewing and new platforms from which tourists can get a better and complete overview of the tomb were installed in the tomb.

All made to help tourists enjoy the experience of visiting the majestic heritage site.

Part of the reasons for the restoration also includes a strange brown spot on the tombs painting which were first thought to be evidence of microbial growth in the tomb.

However, the brown spots were later discovered to have been there since the tomb’s discovery.

King Tut’s Tomb Was Discovered Nearly Intact

When Howard Carter opened King Tut’s tomb in 1922 at the Valley of the Kings, the tomb and its contents were still intact and on this day, history was made.

Making King Tut’s tomb, the first ancient Egyptian tomb to be discovered intact.

Tomb robbers used to raid ancient Egyptian tombs looking for gold, metals, and other precious stones, but King Tut’s reign as Pharaoh was short and nearly wiped out from history by his predecessor, so tomb raiders had no knowledge of his resting place.

His tomb was discovered with all the contents intact, except for a little fraction of the coffin which was deteriorated by the humidity of the tombs.

Over 5,000 numerous items were also discovered intact in the tomb and restorers are working to make the items available for viewing to the public when the Grand Museum opens in late 2020.

One of the reasons why King Tut’s tomb has attracted tourists and continue to attract tourists is the numerous artifacts found in the king’s tomb. A direct result of the intact condition in which Howard Carter discovered the tomb.

All The Contents Of The Tomb Will Be On Display Together For The First Time In 2020

Since the discovery of the tomb in 1922, the entire contents of the tomb has never been publicly displayed.

The outermost coffin of King Tut has been in the tomb since the king was buried, while the two inner coffins have been taken to the Egyptian Museum.

Some of the other tomb contents have now been fully restored and will be available for public viewing when the Grand Egyptian Museum finally opens in late 2020.

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