Monday, 11 November 2013

Replica or original - which Tutankhamen tomb would you visit?

Replica tomb set to open in Egypt - "Its existence will present visitors with the moral dilemma of paying to see the original tomb or helping to preserve its future existence by visiting the facsimile version instead."

Visitors to the historic royal tombs in the Valley of Kings are contributing to their destruction, the very presence of a tourist in a tomb causes humidity to rise and the effect on the delicate plaster work is comparable to putting a chocolate sculpture in an oven. So given the choice and presuming the replica is a high quality which would you visit?