Tut's Face Displayed for First Time

King Tut displayed for first time to public picture
    1 of 6   Next >>
November 4, 2007Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (center), joins workers around the stone sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun in the boy pharaoh's underground tomb near Luxor, Egypt, on November 4, 2007.

Tut's mummy was moved on Sunday from the coffin inside his burial chamber to a high-tech glass display case about 30 feet (9 meters) away in the tomb's antechamber. (Watch video.)

The transfer marks the first time the famous mummy has gone on public display, a move that is expected to increase tourist visits to Egypt's famed Valley of the Kings. (Read the full story.)

The new display will also help preserve the ancient body, which experts say had been deteriorating rapidly because of exposure to heat and humidity.

Digg!

 More Photos in the News
 Today's 15 Most Read Stories
 Free Email Newsletter: Focus on Photography
—Photograph by AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool
 
NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS




 

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.