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King Tut treasures to tour U.S.

Dec. 1, 2004 at 11:22 AM

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The treasures of the legendary Egyptian boy king, Tutankhamen, will tour the United States next year for the first time since 1979.

Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, the head of Egyptian antiquities, said the exhibit, which is now touring Europe, would open in June at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and go on to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Chicago, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Hawass said he was also negotiating to take the exhibit to Boston, Philadelphia and the Brooklyn Museum.

The exhibit will include Tut's diamond crown, his gold coffin and a chair from his tomb, along with 47 other objects. An additional 81 objects from Tut's ancestors, including Akhenaten and Queen Ti, would also be part of the exhibit, to be co-sponsored by Anschutz Entertainment Group and National Geographic.

Hawass said the main reason Egypt had decided on the exhibit was to raise money for its crumbling antiquities, such as the Pyramids, the Sphinx and the priceless statuary and treasures in the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.

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