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1922: King Tutankhamun’s tomb is discovered

Howard Carter discovers the intact tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamun, (Tut – 1336-1327 B.C.), 18th Dynasty (first dynasty of the New Kingdom of Egypt), in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

Tutankhamun’s death mask

The tomb complex consisted of an Ante Chamber (where Carter first accessed the complex), the Annexe, the Burial Chamber and Treasury.

After excavating to, and breaking through the tomb wall, Carter was asked by his patron Lord Carnarvon if he could see anything.   Carter replied: “Yes, wonderful things” and added: “As my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist: strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the glint of gold.”

Howard Carter (left) and Lord Carnarvon breaking into Pharaoh Tutankhamun tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

Howard Carter (left) and Lord Carnarvon breaking into Pharaoh Tutankhamun tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, several weeks after making a “tiny breech” in the top left hand corner of the tomb doorway.

KV62 is the standard Egyptological designation for the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, now renowned for the wealth of valuable antiquities it contained

 

Howard Carter examining the sarcophagus of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Stripped of all its jewels, the mummy of King Tutankhamun remains within his burial chamber, located in the Valley of the Kings.

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Nov 04 2020

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