King Tut

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King Tutankhamun


King Tutankhamun was a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty who ruled from1333 BC – 1324 BC, during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. He is the most recognized and probably the most famous pharaoh today because of the discovery of his tomb and his treasures. King Tut’s tomb was a major discovery of the 19th century. It was a phenomenal discovery that made headlines across the world. Up until the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, it was believed that all royal tombs had been robbed and drained of their treasure.

The Discovery
Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in the Valley of the Kings KV62 on November 4, 1922 by the British Egyptologist Howard Carter. The Tomb was discovered near the entrance to the tomb of Ramses IV. This discovery renewed interest in all things Egyptian in the modern world. Carter contacted help Howard Carter went to Lord Carnarvon, an old friend to finance his search for King Tut’s tomb. Carnarvon reviewed the evidence and agreed that the tomb might still be there. They were given the concession to dig in 1914 but had to abandon the dig due to World War I. After the war had died down they resumed the dig. Like Davis they turned up without King Tut’s tomb and Carnarvon started to run low on funds. Carnarvon was ready to give up and abandon the project. Carter knew King Tut’s tomb had to be hidden in that location, So he convinces Carnarvon return to the dig and digging began again on November 1, 1921. On November 26 that year They became the first people to enter Tutankhamun's tomb in over 3000 years. After many weeks of careful excavation, on February 16, 1923 Carter opened the inner chamber and first saw the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun. This is by far the best preserved royal tomb ever discovered. The tomb was first discovered because in 1907, just before his discovery of the tomb of Horemheb, Theodore M. Davis’s team uncovered a small site containing funerary artifacts with...
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