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Egypt completes restoration of King Tut regalia
Cairo, December 12, 2012
First Published: 12:38 IST(12/12/2012)
Last Updated: 14:41 IST(20/12/2012)
The city of Giza is opening six tombs to the public in a bid to attract more tourists. Photo: AFP/Patrick Baz

Egyptian authorities announced Tuesday that the restoration of several pieces from the funerary regalia of the pharaoh Tutenkhamen, who reigned between 1332-1323 B.C., has been completed.

According to a note from the Ministry of State for Antiquities, the pieces were restored at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is under construction near the pyramids of Giza.

The museum, whose inauguration is scheduled for 2015, will exhibit all the antiquities associated with the ruler known as the boy king because he died so young.

This year marks the 9th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb by British archaeologist Howard Carter, an event that sparked a passion for Egyptology.

Tutankhamen is the only pharaoh whose tomb was practically intact at the time of its discovery.

The treasures of his funerary chamber can now be seen at the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo, and will occupy 30 percent of the new Grand Egyptian Museum.

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