Egyptian Tombs May Be Doomed to Destruction
Everyone has heard of the elaborate tombs in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. Some of the most famous pharohs in history have been buried there, including the boy king Tutenkhamun, Ramses II, and Queen Nefertiti. According to Dr. Zahi Hawass, if the tombs in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings stay open to the public any longer, they may disappear within 150 to 500 years. Ultimately, the combined breath of many tomb visitors makes humidity levels skyrocket and fosters the growth and spread of fungi in the ornate tombs. The fungi eat away at the carvings and decorations inside because of the poor ventilation. Drastic measures are being taken by Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities to protect the great tombs, such as limits on the number of visitors, closing and making replicas of tombs, and installation of better ventilation systems.