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Thursday, November 03, 2005

King Tut Meets 900,000 Visitors

Egyptian Boy King Tutankhamon is on display in Los Angeles since mid-June. The exhibition is now extended with five days in a bid to attract more than 900,000 visitors to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. On a previous visit in 1978, King Tut attracted more than 1.25 million people.

Egypt’s chief of antiquities, Zahi Hawass is disappointed: "If the exhibition will not reach a million, it is not the fault of King Tut, but the people who handled the exhibit," Hawass said from Cairo. If attendance reaches 1 million, Egypt's share of the gate will guarantee that it will reap $9 million from Tut's L.A. sojourn.

Tut’s next stop on his American tour is the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the exhibition opens Dec. 15 for a four-month run.

Related: Farmers threaten Pharaohs – one more account of how irrigation water is causing damage to reliefs and monuments. It is an emergency situation and the money from international exhibition contributes to preserving these treasures that belongs to the whole world. Also related: The Tomb of Thutmose III is on display in Edinburgh. More Archaeology: Nabta Playa is an archaeological site in the western deserts of southern Egypt, where some of the earliest known evidence of domesticated cattle have been identified. The first house at Nabta Playa was built about 8500 BP. (BP? Pretending it’s not BC?)

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