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    The first of an estimated two million visitors lined up at the British Museum in London on Tuesday (28 March) to see the largest display of Egyptian treasures ever seen outside Cairo.

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    The first of an estimated two million visitors lined up at the British Museum in London on Tuesday (28 March) to see the largest display of Egyptian treasures ever seen outside Cairo. Fifty exhibits, including treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamen, are on loan from Egypt and were previewed on Tuesday.

    The exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the treasures in Egypt's Valley of the Kings by British archaeologist Howard Carter for his patron Lord Carnavon. Queen Elizabeth will preside on Wednesday at the official opening of the exhibition, expected to run six months or more. It has been described as the most spectacular over staged at the British Museum.

    The boy Pharoah, Tutankhamen, was absolute ruler of what was then the world's most powerful nation from 1361 to 1352 B.C. He died at the age of 18. His tomb was the first, and so far the only, ancient Egyptian tomb whose inner sanctuaries have survived intact into modern times.

    Lord Carnavon, who financed the 1922 discovery expedition, died shortly after the tomb was opened. This led to talk of a legendary death curse surrounding the treasures. Several persons connected with the finding met sudden or mysterious deaths.

    SYNOPSIS: The British Museum in London and the most spectacular exhibit ever staged there. On loan from Egypt, the treasures of Tutankhamen.

    On November the fourth, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter broke through layers of rock and send into the tomb of the boy Pharoah, Tutankhamen. The British Museum exhibit commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of that discovery in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

    Tutankhamen was ruler of what was then the most powerful nation from 1361 to 1352 B.C. He died at the age of eighteen. The legendary death curse surrounding the treasures has not as yet affected the London exhibit, but several persons connected with the original discovery have met sudden or mysterious deaths.

    The highlight of the exhibit is the king's gold death mask, widely regarded as the finest in existence. It is made of burnished gold inlaid with semi-precious stones. On the brow are the vulture's head and cobra, emblems of sovereignty over upper and lower Egypt.

    The treasure is covered by a British government guarantee, but most of the items are judged to be priceless. The tomb was the first, and so far the only, ancient Egyptian tomb to survive intact into modern times. Queen Elizabeth preside at the official opening of the exhibit on Wednesday.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA379NGAB9HPGUU9RGCT7GGIG5N
    Media URN:
    VLVA379NGAB9HPGUU9RGCT7GGIG5N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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