King Tut’s Beard Is Finally Being Fixed

Video highlights from Ultimate Tutankhamun

The priceless beard suffered a botched repair more than a year ago

Restoration experts are aiming to repair the beard on Tutankhamun’s priceless funerary mask by the end of 2015.

The young pharaoh’s golden mask was damaged during an accident at the Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Cairo back in August 2014.

As workers were adjusting lighting in the mask’s case, the jutting beard was knocked and severed from the chin.

In a rushed attempt to fix the beard, museum employees used too much epoxy glue, normally used for wood or metal, which flowed down the beard and chin, leaving a chemical crust behind.

The new restoration work will detach the beard, remove the glue left behind and reattach the beard using thin wooden sticks.

The beard was already loose when the 3,000-year-old mask, made of gold and inlaid with stone, was found in King Tut’s tomb.

Few Egyptian pharaohs have captivated the world – or been as shrouded in mystery – as King Tutankhamun. Three thousand years after his rule, the exact circumstances behind his death remain unclear.

The tomb discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Much of what we know about the young king is derived from that tomb.

His short reign accomplished little, but the discovery of his nearly intact tomb in 1922 has led many to attempt to unravel the mysteries of his life and death.

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