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Getty Institute To Preserve King Tut's Tomb

The Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles has committed to a five-year partnership with Egypt to help both conserve and manage King Tutankhamen’s tomb. The historical Egyptian royal’s burial place contains striking wall paintings of hieroglyphics that have been slightly damaged by brown spots since the tomb was discovered in 1922. According to Tim Whalen, the director of the conservation institute, during the first two years of the project, the focus will be on studying the museums dilapidating conditions, examining the mysterious marks whose origin and nature remains unknown at this point. Stage two of the process will be conservation, including a long-term monitoring plan to better maintain King Tut’s tomb. “King Tut has magic that we must conserve for future generations,” Dr. Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt’s supreme council of antiquities, said in a statement.