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In pictures: Tutankhamun revealed

Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass looks at King Tutankhamun's body

The mummy of Egypt's most famous ancient ruler, King Tutankhamun, has been put on public display for the first time inside his tomb complex in the Valley of the Kings.

Experts look into sarcophagus

The movement took place 85 years to the day after British archaeologist Howard Carter first discovered the tomb.

Coffin lid being lifted

As archaeologists began the task of moving the body they carefully lifted the lid of the gilded wooden coffin.

Man lifting mummy of King Tutankhamun

Then slowly the remains of the king himself were lifted out of the stone sarcophagus.

Cloth lifted from body of King Tutankhamun

Briefly the piece of linen covering the pharaoh's body was pulled aside, revealing his shrivelled, blackened body.

Face of King Tutankhamun

The mummy was placed inside a climate-controlled box where a temperature of 25C and humidity level of around 35% will be maintained.

Feet of King Tutankhamun

The case will protect the remains from damage caused by more than 350 visitors a day.

Sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun

The granite sarcophagus, which had been the king's resting place for over 3,000 years, now lies empty.





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