The Egyptian Museum in Cairo says that one of the greatest archaeology treasures in the world, the golden mask of King Tutankhamun, was broken and then crudely glued back together in an attempt to quickly get it back out in front of tourists. According to reports, the mask’s beard broke off during cleaning, and was put back on with epoxy – which, when it dried, left a discernible gap between Tut’s chin and the beard. Making matters worse, the epoxy leaked onto the mask and dried, and then the mask was scratched when someone tried to scrape off the dried glue.
Going it alone without proper instruction or help is never a good idea. That’s why Texas811 wants to remind you to ALWAYS call before you dig. Data released this month by the Railroad Commission of Texas shows there were over 9,000 excavating incidents in 2014. 29% of those incidents happened because a one call center was not notified of a dig to process a locate request. And fully half of those incidents occurred when a backhoe or trackhoe was being used.
Blindly digging with a backhoe is akin to not taking care when cleaning a treasure. Nothing good is EVER going to come of it.
Can King Tut’s beard really be repaired? Who knows? All that’s certain is that the damage has been done. At least four people have been demoted for their part in the accident cover up. The one thing for certain is no one’s life was put at risk.
Compare that to digging without calling 811. Not only is property at risk, but so are lives. Maybe yours. And no amount of epoxy can fix that.
Remember Texas811 BEFORE you dig. And leave the epoxy on the shelf.
Before we go – we’d like to honor King Tut’s beard with this video throwback. It’s comedian Steve Martin performing his song “King Tut” on NBC’s Saturday Night Live way back in 1979. The King Tut exhibit was making a big splash touring the United States that year and Martin – well, Steve Martin is Steve Martin. Enjoy.