Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s former head of antiquities, stands next to his new book, "The legend of Tutankhamun," during a June 18, 2015 AP interview.
AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
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Egyptian curator Medhat Abdallah laughs when reminded of the "curse of Tutankhamun" as he cleans an ancient gilded bed found in the boy king's burial chamber nearly a century ago.The 3,300-year-old relic is one of hundreds of never-before-displayed artifacts from the treasure of King Tutankhamun, set to be unveiled in a "mega museum" under construction near the Giza pyramids.Nearly a decade after the Grand Egyptian Museum was conceived, the project, dubbed "Tutankhamun's new home," is far from complete.Officials now say the museum will open in 2022 and not this year as previously scheduled.About 5,000 workers toil over three shifts to build the museum on 47 hectares of land near the pyramids. It will display about 100,000 artifacts in five zones, including the entire Tutankhamun trove of about 4,500 relics.About 60,000 artifacts are exhibited in the Cairo museum, including more than a dozen royal mummies, while more than 100,000 objects are kept in storerooms.Tourists are also sceptical of shifting the Tutankhamun treasures to the new museum.
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