The legendary tomb of child pharaoh King Tutankhamun has been unveiled to the public, following a nine year closure.
The tomb had been undergoing restoration and preservation efforts in a bid to reduce the negative side effects of visitation.
With hordes of tourists visiting the attraction daily, the tomb had been weathered down by moisture and carbon monoxide from the visitors’ breath. Further damages included graffiti and scratch marks, while items have been reported stolen from the site.
The restoration effort was a tie-up between the Getty Conservation Institute and Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. A major upgrade was the introduction of a new ventilation method. The new system would enable air inside the famed archaeological site to be refreshed every half hour.
In addition, new lighting, walkways, signs and wooden floors were installed. Painting restoration works were also undertaken.
Originally scheduled to be completed in 2014, the project was held back multiple times due to the political uncertainty that engulfed Egypt following the Arab Spring.
The famed archaeological ground was sensationally unearthed by Howard Carter in 1922. The archaeologist, almost failed to make the discovery after his backer, Lord Carnarvon had initially intended to call off the search. In the years following the discovery, the tomb was subject to dramatic spotlight, after a few inopportune deaths and mysterious coincidental occurrences surrounding the tomb and the people related to its unearthing, unleashed a press frenzy over a plausible “Curse of the Pharaohs”.