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The Isle of Man has minted the world's first ever triangular coin, to commemorate the Tutankhamun exhibition in London.
The copper coin is worth 25p, and is available from the IoM Post Office for £15.

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The last Tutankhamun show enthralled an entire generation and little wonder. As if the world of the pharaohs wasnt already exciting enough with its scarabs and cobras, its falcons and sphinxes, its bandaged corpses and its brain-extracting hooks, here was the mystery of a handsome boy king and his tomb full of treasures. Here were rumours of murder and a real-life mummys curse. No wonder the British Museums 1972 show set the turnstiles spinning. It attracted more than one and a half million visitors. The modern-day blockbuster exhibition was born.
Now, like some cross between a Rolling Stones come-back and a new Tintin adventure, the next Tutankhamun show arrives in our country. Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs opens this week at the O2 centre.

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The face of one of Egypt's most mysterious ancient rulers, the boy king Tutankhamun, is being put on public view for the first time on Sunday.
His mummy is being displayed in a climate-controlled case inside his tomb in Luxor's Valley of the Kings.

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According to hieroglyphic records, Nefertiti only bore her husband daughters. Now new finds among the ruins suggest Tutankhamun's mother was one of his father's secondary wives, a woman called Kiya, who lived in great style in her own wing in the palace.
Dramatically they also suggest that Kiya died in childbirth and that Akhenhaten and his queen Nefertiti wept copiously at this death in the family.
Having lost his mother, the little boy was brought up by his wetnurse and when his father died he was crowned king.

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The mystery behind the sudden death of Tutankhamun, the boy king who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, may have been finally solved by scientists who believe that he fell from a fast-moving chariot while out hunting in the desert.
Speculation surrounding Tutankhamun's death has been rife since his tomb was broken into in 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter. X-rays of the mummy taken in 1968 indicated a swelling at the base of the skull, suggesting "King Tut" was killed by a blow to the head.
More recent studies using a CT medical scanner, however, revealed he suffered a badly broken leg, just above his knee just before he died. That in turn probably led to lethal blood poisoning. Now further evidence has come to light suggesting that he suffered the fracture while hunting game from a chariot.

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For the first time since he was led to rest, the world will be able to look King Tutankhamun -- the boy who ruled Egypt 3,500 years ago -- in the face.
Yes, to coincide with the opening of the exhibition of the treasures of Tutankhamun here next month, Egyptian archaeologists are to put his mummified body on display in Luxor, The Daily Telegraph reported here Monday.

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The mummy of Tutankhamun will be placed on public display for the first time in November when it is removed from its original golden sarcophagus and placed in a climate controlled Plexiglas case in the antechamber of his tomb in Luxor.
Few people have had an opportunity to see the mummy of one of Egypt's most mysterious rulers since it was discovered by Howard Carter in November 1922. It has been subjected to scientific scrutiny only rarely, in 1968, 1978 and 2005, when x-rays and CT- scans were carried out on the Pharaoh's mummified body.

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The moment in which Howard Carter broke a hole through a sealed wall into the unimagined tomb of Tutankhamun epitomises the allure of this greatest of all archaeological discoveries.

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Ancient god of dead enters London
A towering black-and-gold statue of an Egyptian god has immigrated to London, on aboard a cargo ship cursing down the Thames river.

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Priceless Egyptian treasures at the forthcoming Tutankhamun exhibition will be subject to unprecedented security against the threat of robbery or even terrorist strikes.
The show, which opens on November 15 at the O2 Centre, will feature 42 artefacts never seen before in the UK and organisers are determined that nothing will go wrong.

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Molefi Asante, professor of African-American studies at Temple University, led a protest yesterday in front of the Franklin Institute claiming the museum's exhibit on King Tutankhamun is racist.
Among the grievances shared by members of the Association of Kemetic Nubian Heritage, of which Asante is president, is that the exhibit has no mention of Africa and that information within suggests that King Tut, an African, was white.

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