Restoration begins on King Tutankhamun’s golden coffin

The coffin is now in the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is being constructed by Besix and Orascom Construction

The coffin has never beeen restored since its discovery in 1922. [representational image]
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The coffin has never beeen restored since its discovery in 1922. [representational image]

Ahead of the Grand Egyptian Museum’s opening in October 2020, the North African nation’s Minister of Antiquities, Khaled el-Anany, has revealed that restoration work on the golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun has begun.

According to a report by Bahrain News Agency (BNA), the minister said that work on the outermost coffin, which is made of wood and gilded with gold, is expected to last for nearly eight months.

The report quoting Associated Press explained that the coffin has never undergone restoration work since its discovery within the 3,000-year-old tomb in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter.

BNA quoted el-Anany as saying that “the state of conservation is very fragile”.

In July 2019, the coffin was moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is being constructed by Belgian construction giant Besix alongside Egyptian contracting firm Orascom Construction under a 50-50 partnership agreement.

Project director for Phase 3 of the museum project, Laurens Schokking, told Construction Week during a site visit that the overall construction progress had hit 93% at the museum in July 2019, with concrete and steel works 98% and 99% complete.

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