Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at BBC World News Film A NEW TOMB FOR TUTANKHAMUN
Tutankhamun's Tomb is the subject of more news from Luxor, Egypt -- after yesterday's find of 50 mummies in the Valley of the Kings. Threats to the famous tomb of the boy king's tomb caused the hot breath of hordes of annual visitors and humidity have put the site at risk -- and authorities are limiting access and turning to 3D printer technology to create a replica of the site for visitors instead. But what will it mean for travel and tourism and how does it compare to the real tomb experience?
EXCLUSIVE ACCESS was given to BBC WORLD News for a 30-minute documentary on King Tut's Tomb, presented by Rajan Datar. "A New Tomb for Tutankhamun: A Travel Show Special" premieres this weekend on BBC WORLD NEWS channel. The program airs on Friday, May 2 at 11:30 pm ET and Saturday, May 3 at 9:30 am ET, 2:30 pm ET. Scroll down for a sneak peek!
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Tutankhamun should be very flattered indeed. BBC's The Travel Show has been given exclusive access to a new project to preserve the Egyptian Boy King's WORLD famous resting place for the next millennia. With rare access to the 3000 year old tomb, host Rajan Datar explores how the technologies of the future are helping to protect the past as he witnesses the creation of an exact replica of this unique historical site.
The famous tomb is under threat from the humidity created by the thousands of visitors who flock to the site each year. The walls are crumbling and there is a risk that the whole site will collapse. The authorities are going to limit access to the tomb, and have turned to technology in an attempt to deliver sustainable tourism. With the help of digital technologies such as 3D printing a replica tomb was created off site; with every little detail matched to the original. The tomb was then brought down the Nile to Luxor. Rajan joined the project to see its installation. BBC Travel Show was the only broadcast team to be given access to both tombs and in this special edition Rajan steps inside to see how they compare as well as talking to the team responsible.
The Travel Show is broadcast weekly around the globe on BBC WORLD News. With its family of presenters the programme showcases the very best in consumer and travel journalism, with each 30 minute show focusing on the current issues and trends that are influencing global travel choices -- from high-end trips to budget vacations.