Egypt sends 8 to trial for botched up repair of King Tut’s golden mask

  • AP, Cairo
  • Updated: Jan 24, 2016 21:01 IST
A canopic coffinette of a King Tut exhibit. (AP File Photo)

Eight Egyptians were referred to trial for for “gross negligence” after they allegedly botched up while repairing the famed golden burial mask of King Tut late last year.

Prosecutors said in a Sunday statement that the 3,300-year old mask, whose beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued on with epoxy in 2014, was scratched and damaged as a result.

The mask was put back on display last month after a German-Egyptian team of specialists removed the epoxy and reattached the beard using beeswax, which is often used as an adhesive for antiquities.

Restoration specialist Christian Eckmann said a year ago that the cause of a scratch discovered on the mask had had not been determined, but that it could have been recent.

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