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Dome hosts Tutankhamun exhibition
Death mask of Tutankhamun
The British Museum hosted a Tutankhamun exhibition in 1972
Fifty Egyptian treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun are to go on display at the Millennium Dome.

It is the first time in 35 years that the artefacts, which were excavated from the boy king's tomb in the burial chamber, will be on display in London.

More than 130 treasures from the Valley of the Kings, which are all between 3,000 and 3,500 years old, will also make up the exhibition.

The treasures are expected to go on display at the Dome in 2007.

'Captured hearts'

Among the artefacts included in the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition will be his gold crown and one of the gold and inlaid canopic coffinettes which contained Tutankhamun's mummified internal organs.

Artefacts from other royal graves, including the intact tomb of Tutankhamun's great-grandparents Yuya and Tuyu, will also go on display at the Dome, in Greenwich.

Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said: "Since the discovery of his tomb in 1922, Tutankhamun has captured the hearts of people around the world.

"Buried with him were treasures beyond the imagination, giving us a glittering glimpse into the past."

The last time the artefacts were in London was in 1972 when the British Museum in London hosted a Tutankhamun exhibition.

The exhibition will tour America in June this year for 27 months before arriving in Britain.


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