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Getty to help save Tut's tomb

November 11, 2009|David Ng

The tomb of Egypt's Tutankhamen -- better known as King Tut -- is coming under new management.

In a five-year partnership that was formally announced Tuesday, the J. Paul Getty Trust said it would work with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities to draft and implement a conservation and management plan of the tomb and its wall paintings.

The tomb of Tutankhamen is one of the most popular attractions in Egypt. The new project will determine how to safeguard the site's treasures and slow the rate of deterioration.

The project is expected to cost the Getty about $1.5 million over the five years, according to Tim Whalen, director of the Getty Conservation Institute. The Getty's team will be led by Jeanne Marie Teutonico.

Egypt's SCA is also expected to contribute as-yet-undetermined financial resources and personnel to the project.

-- David Ng

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