Egypt sends 8 to trial over botched repair of King Tut mask

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Museum Workers Facing Trial for Breaking King Tut's Beard

CAIRO (AP) -- Eight Egyptians involved in a botched repair of the famed golden burial mask of King Tut, which was corrected late last year, have been referred to trial for "gross negligence."

Prosecutors said in a Sunday statement that the 3,300-year old mask, whose beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued on with epoxy in 2014, was scratched and damaged as a result.

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Egypt sends 8 to trial over botched repair of King Tut mask
CAIRO, EGYPT - OCTOBER 20: German expert Christihan Eijkman restarted the restoration of one of the priceless pieces of the time of the Pharoahs, King Tutankhamun's mummy's golden mask, due to the failure of the first restoration attempt at the Egyptian Museum in the capital Cairo on October 20, 2015. (Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - OCTOBER 20: German expert Christihan Eijkman (R) restarted the restoration of one of the priceless pieces of the time of the Pharoahs, King Tutankhamun's mummy's golden mask, due to the failure of the first restoration attempt at the Egyptian Museum in the capital Cairo on October 20, 2015. (Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - OCTOBER 20: German expert Christihan Eijkman restarted the restoration of one of the priceless pieces of the time of the Pharoahs, King Tutankhamun's mummy's golden mask, due to the failure of the first restoration attempt at the Egyptian Museum in the capital Cairo on October 20, 2015. (Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - OCTOBER 20: German expert Christihan Eijkman (R 2) restarted the restoration of one of the priceless pieces of the time of the Pharoahs, King Tutankhamun's mummy's golden mask, due to the failure of the first restoration attempt at the Egyptian Museum in the capital Cairo on October 20, 2015. (Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The golden mask of Tutankhamun is seen during restoration process by German specialists in restoration work on antiquities in glass and metal at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on October 20, 2015. Egypt started work to remove a crust of dried glue on the beard of legendary boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's golden mask after a botched repair job on the priceless relic. The beard fell off in an August 2014 accident at the Cairo Museum, leading to the botched repair by employees. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - OCTOBER 20: German expert Christihan Eijkman restarted the restoration of one of the priceless pieces of the time of the Pharoahs, King Tutankhamun's mummy's golden mask, due to the failure of the first restoration attempt at the Egyptian Museum in the capital Cairo on October 20, 2015. (Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
German specialists in restoration work on antiquities in glass and metal, Christian Eckmann (R) and Katja Broschat (L), work on the restoration process of the golden mask of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on October 20, 2015. Egypt started work to remove a crust of dried glue on the beard of legendary boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's golden mask after a botched repair job on the priceless relic. The beard fell off in an August 2014 accident at the Cairo Museum, leading to the botched repair by employees. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
German specialists in restoration work on antiquities in glass and metal Christian Eckmann works on the restoration process of the golden mask of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on October 20, 2015. Egypt started work to remove a crust of dried glue on the beard of legendary boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's golden mask after a botched repair job on the priceless relic. The beard fell off in an August 2014 accident at the Cairo Museum, leading to the botched repair by employees. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
German specialists in restoration work on antiquities in glass and metal Christian Eckmann works on the restoration process of the golden mask of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on October 20, 2015. Egypt started work to remove a crust of dried glue on the beard of legendary boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's golden mask after a botched repair job on the priceless relic. The beard fell off in an August 2014 accident at the Cairo Museum, leading to the botched repair by employees. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
German restorers Christian Eckmann and Katja Broschat begin work on the restoration of the famed golden mask of King Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
German restorers Christian Eckmann, right, and Katja Broschat examine the famed golden mask of King Tutankhamun as an Egyptian-German team begins restoration work over a year after the beard was accidentally broken off and hastily glued back with epoxy, at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. The 3,300-year-old burial pharaonic mask was discovered in Tutankhamun's tomb along with other artifacts by British archeologists in 1922, sparking worldwide interest in archaeology and ancient Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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The mask was put back on display last month after a German-Egyptian team of specialists removed the epoxy and reattached the beard using beeswax, which is often used as an adhesive for antiquities.

Restoration specialist Christian Eckmann said a year ago that the cause of a scratch discovered on the mask had had not been determined, but that it could have been recent.

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