AttractionsThe ancient site has reopened for visitors with new interiors and restored frescoes.

New lease of life for King Tut’s tomb after decade-long restoration

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King Tutankhamun’s tomb has reopened for visitors after a decade-long restoration project. Photo Credit: JoseIgnacioSoto/Getty Images
After a decade of painstaking restoration, the tomb of Tutankhamun has reopened for visitors, brighter and safer. 

The mummified body of the boy-king buried more than 3,000 years ago has undergone works to repair damage caused by dust, damp and visitors. 

On walls and ceiling, the intricate frescoes have been restored to the pristine state when British archaeologist Howard Carter first entered the tomb in 1922, Reuters reported. 

Inside the tomb, wooden flooring, lighting and ramps have all been replaced, which prompted the enormous task of shifting Tutankhamun himself and the 250kg case by hand. 

The process took 10 years, and was delayed by political upheaval in 2011 when protests forced Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak from power. 

Analysis of the tomb by conservationists, architects, environmental specialists and scientists has found environmental impact as well as visitor damage including graffiti, scratches and missing items.

Air circulation has also been changed to enable fresh air to enter the tomb and to be changed every 30 minutes. 

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