8 Museum Workers Sent to Trial Over Botched Repair of King Tut’s Mask


Eight Egyptian museum workers will face disciplinary court for “gross negligence” after they knocked the beard off one of Egypt’s most treasured artifacts, the funerary mask of King Tutankhamun, and then did a clumsy job trying to repair the relic, prosecutors said Sunday.

The workers allegedly damaged the mask when they were trying to repair the display lighting at the Egyptian Museum in 2014, according to Daily News Egypt. They used epoxy glue to reattach the beard and that led to more damage, prosecutors said. A scratch was later found on the mask.

“Ignoring all scientific methods of restoration, the suspects tried to conceal their crime by using sharp metal tools to remove parts of the glue that became visible, thus damaging the 3,000-year-old piece without a moment of conscience,” prosecutors said in a statement, according to Daily News Egypt.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Gregg Zoroya