Tutankhamen’s Tomb

Tutankhamen has always been a fascinating figure. Perhaps his history, perhaps the mystery that has always surrounded the Egyptian world, or perhaps the many legends that have always been told as a result of the mysterious deaths of some of the members of that expedition that in 1922 discovered the remains of the tomb Of this mythical pharaoh.

The English archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter, on November 4, 1922, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen (Tut-Anj-Amon), in the Valley of the Kings, opposite Luxor in Egypt. It was the best preserved and intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.

Carter opened the chamber and was the first to see the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen. After cataloging the extensive findings, Carter retired from archeology becoming a collector. It belonged to the XVIII dynasty of Egypt that reigned from 1336/5 to 1327/5 a. C. Tutankhamen was not a notable pharaoh nor known in ancient times; the relatively small size of his tomb (KV62) was the reason it was not discovered until the twentieth century.

Howard Carter found it intact in 1922. His discovery and the treasures found in it had worldwide coverage in the press and renewed public interest in Ancient Egypt, becoming the funerary mask of the pharaoh in the most popular image.

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