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Egypt begins restoration on King Tut’s golden coffin
Egypt started the first-ever restoration work on a gold-covered sarcophagus of the famed boy pharaoh Tutankhamun, ahead of the country’s new museum opening next year, the antiquities minister said Sunday.
Khaled el-Anany told reporters that work on the outermost coffin, which is made of wood and gilded with gold, is expected to take at least eight months.
He said that’s because “the state of conservation is very fragile, as it was never restored” since 1922, when British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the intact 3,000-year-old tomb and the treasures it held.
The coffin remained in the tomb until July, when it was moved to the new Grand Egyptian Museum, being built near the famed pyramids of Giza outside Cairo.
Tutankhamun ascended the throne at age nine, ruling until his death at age 18 or 19.
Word For Today:
Translations of restoration in different languages:
How is restoration used?
- the act or process of returning something to its earlier good condition or position
A large majority of the population is demanding the restoration of the former government.
The restoration of the building is expected to take up to five years to complete.
- Easily Confused: restorative
1. (used as a noun) something that makes you feel better or more energetic if you are feeling tiredor ill
After a hard day at the office, a hot bath is a welcome restorative.
2. (used as an adj.) making you feel better or more energetic if you are feeling tired or ill
He’s a great believer in the restorative power of long walks.
- The verb form: restore
1. to return something or someone to an earlier good condition or position
[be restore to]:
After a week in bed, she was fully restored to health.
2. If you restore a quality or ability that someone has not had for a long time, you make it possible for them to have that quality or ability again
Doctors have restored his sight.
Fill in the blanks with right forms of “restoration”.
1. They want to ________ the castle to its former glory.
2. The __________ of the power supply to the village is expected to take a few more days.
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