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King Tutankhamun Exhibit to Open in US

The tomb artifacts of Egypt's ancient boy-King, Tutankhamun, have returned to the United States for the first time in nearly 30 years.

The show of more than 130 artifacts opens Monday at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art. Over the next two years, the show will travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Tutankhamun assumed the throne of Egypt when he was just nine years old and died 10 years later. His burial tomb was untouched by grave robbers when discovered in 1922 and contained a wealth of ancient artifacts.

Most of the artifacts were not featured in the first U.S. tour, but the gold burial mask that became an icon of the late 1970s exhibit is not included this time.

Egypt intends to use ticket proceeds to help rescue and preserve deteriorating ancient monuments and artifacts.