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1922 - Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb


Title: 1922 - Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb


About: After years of searching, British archaeologist Howard Carter finally discovered the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun.


With financial backing from a rich Brit, Lord Carnavon, Carter had been excavating for many years in the Valley of the Kings—a royal burial ground located on the west bank of the ancient city of Thebes, Egypt. He was obsessed with finding the undiscovered tomb of Tutankhamen, who lived around 1400 B.C. and died when he was still a teenager. In early 1922, Lord Carnarvon wanted to call off the search, but Carter convinced him to hold on one more year.

Finally the wait paid off when Carter came upon the first of twelve steps of the entrance that led to the tomb of Tutankhamun. He sent a telegram to Carnarvon in England so they could open the tomb together. Carnarvon departed for Egypt immediately and on November 26, 1922, they revealed the tomb's interiror chambers.

They were thrilled to find the tomb virtually intact, with its treasures untouched after more than 3,000 years. The men began exploring the four rooms of the tomb. In the last room lay a sarcophagus with three coffins nested inside one another. The last coffin, made of solid gold, contained the mummified body of Tutankkhamun. Among the riches found in the tomb–golden shrines, jewelry, statues, a chariot, weapons, clothing–the perfectly preserved mummy was the most valuable, as it was the first one ever to be discovered.

In total 5,398 items were found in the tomb, including a solid gold coffin, face mask, thrones, archery bows, trumpets, a lotus chalice, food, wine, sandals, and fresh linen underwear. Howard Carter took 10 years to catalog the items

Decade: 1920s

Year: 1922

Region: Africa

Country: Egypt

Discovery: Exploration

Type: Historical Event

Impact: 1

Artist: Bryan Willian


Group: Genesis

Number: 22/100

Price: 0.1 ETH


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