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Tutankhamun: Egypt museum staff face trial over botched beard job

Egyptian media say prosecutors have referred eight museum employees for trial over the botched reattachment of the beard on the burial mask of the pharaoh, Tutankhamun.
It comes a year after officials opened an investigation into how the blue and gold braided beard came to be detached and then hastily glued back on.

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Drawings and journals from the discovery of Tutankhamun on show for the first time

Documents from Oxford University's Griffith Institute which shed light on the discovery of Tutankhamuns tomb have gone on display to the public, many for the first time in their history.
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Tutankhamun's tomb discovered, 1922

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 2011 Marion Adams Memorial Lecture: Team Tutankhamun

Everyone knows the story of the discovery of the famous boy pharaoh's tomb in 1922. A much more difficult matter for the historian of archaeology is understanding the many people who made the discovery and then revealed and preserved the tomb's contents. This lecture focused on Lord Carnarvon, Howard Carter and Harry Burton, while celebrating also the other members of the team.



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On 16 February 1923, Howard Carter opened the sealed doorway of Tutankhamun's tomb, and found that it did indeed lead to a burial chamber, and he got his first glimpse of the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun. All of these discoveries were eagerly covered by the world's press, but most of their representatives were kept in their hotels; only H. V. Morton was allowed on the scene, and his vivid descriptions helped to cement Carter's reputation with the British public.
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Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs



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The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter and George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon of Tutankhamun's nearly intact tomb received worldwide press coverage. It sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamun's burial mask remains the popular symbol.
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KV62 is the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings (Egypt), which became famous for the wealth of treasure it contained. The tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter, underneath the remains of workmen's huts built during the Ramesside Period; this explains why it was spared from the worst of the tomb depredations of that time.
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King Tutankhamun's death was a result of sickle-cell disease, and not malaria - according to experts.
A team from Hamburg's Bernhard Noct Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNI) claims that King Tut suffered from Kohler's disease - a bone disorder prohibiting blood flow, before succumbing to malaria.

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Experts have used scientific dating techniques to verify the historical chronology of ancient Egypt.
Radiocarbon dating was used to show that the chronology of Egypt's Old, Middle and New Kingdoms are indeed accurate.
The researchers dated seeds found in pharaohs' tombs, including some from the tomb of the King Tutankhamun.
They write in the journal Science that some of the samples are more than 4,500 years old.

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Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

Starwood Hotels of New York, official hotel partner of the King Tut Exhibition, offer exclusive access to Discovery TSX. Reserve the King Tut exhibition package and receive two VIP tickets with front-of-the-line access plus overnight accommodations at participating hotels.

New York City: Discovery Times Square Exposition
April 23, 2010 - January 2, 2011

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