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Sarcophagus Relocation

For the first time ever, since King Tutankhamen was placed inside it and it was then placed inside his royal tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the sarcophagus of King Tut has been removed from his tomb. You might be wondering how it was that Howard Carter, after he discovered the tomb in 1922, yoinking out anything he could get his hands on and even sawing the mummy of the Pharaoh in half(!), would have left the coffin inside. Well this is the outer coffin we’re talking about—there were actually three, each laid inside the next largest like one of those Russian nesting dolls. The innermost coffin, the one containing the body, was solid gold. *That* one was removed, as was the next smallest. The largest, the outer coffin, made of wood with gold adornment, they left in the tomb. Until now.

It was moved for a good reason, though. Experts are restoring it. “The coffin is in a very bad condition, very deteriorated…many cracks, we found many missing parts, missing layers.” And they couldn’t fix it without taking it out of the tomb, so this is a good thing.

Tut’s three coffins have never been displayed together, but they will be united once the restoration of the largest is complete, as part of the new Grand Egyptian Museum set to open in Cairo in 2020.

TheCheezman • October 7, 2019

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