In The News: King Tut Irreversibly Damaged

by Lindsay Shapka in , ,

The current political unrest in Egypt has threatened the historic sites, museums and artefacts for some time now and has seriously affected the tourism industry. In the news this week, it was revealed that the pressure to keep popular exhibits on display to maintain the floundering industry resulted in the irreversible damage of the sarcophagus of King Tut.

One of the world's most storied and well-known archaeological discoveries, techs at the Egyptian museum haphazardly glued the King's beard back onto his death mask with epoxy —  a product that can not be removed and that did not create a clean attachment. 

It is unbelievably upsetting.

Not only that, it only shines the light on the other artefacts in the museum that are being improperly displayed and stored. Sadly, this also does not help the country in its constant fight to get historic relics retuned from museums in London and other parts of the world where they have lived since recovered by international archaeologists. 

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