Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Following on from the depressing story on the condition of Highclere Castle, Dr Hawass as said that the tombs in the Valley of the Kings are doomed if they remain open to visitors.

The levels of humidity and fungus are increasing because of the breath of visitors and this means that the tombs could disappear between 150 and 500 years.

Hawass said the authorities have also decided "to close some tombs definitively to tourists and replace them by identical replicas," including those of Tutenkhamun, Nefertiti and Seti I.

Read the full article here.


Jane Akshar said...

Kent Weeks said this ages ago in his report, he describe the walls of the tombs like chocolate running down as the plaster slips.

We need to get the mass tourism out of the originals and into replicas but please don't price students of Egyptology ot out a visit to the originals

Ben Morales-Correa said...

Who's that girl - Nefertiti of Nefertari?

The AP report is mistaken about Nefertiti's Tomb, eventhough it makes mention of her famous bust in Berlin.

Dr. Hawass mentioned building a replica of the Tomb of Nefertari, Royal Wife of Ramses II, the most beautiful in the Valley of the Queens, restored but available only to the rich and famous.


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