Today In History: King Tut’s Tomb Discovered

Video highlights from Ultimate Tutankhamun

Rumours spread throughout Egypt that the tomb was cursed

When British archaeologist arrived in Egypt in 1891, most of Ancient Egypt’s tombs has been discovered – but the tomb of the little-known King Tutankhamun remained elusive.

Carter’s five-year search for King Tut’s tomb led him into the Valley Of The Kings, and on 4 November 1922 he finally uncovered steps to the burial room hidden in debris.

On 26 November, Carter and archaeologist Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb’s interior chambers, finding them incredibly intact.

Over the next several years, Carter carefully explored the four-room tomb, discovering an amazing collection of several thousand objects, including the mummy of the boy-king Tutankhamun.

The mummy, preserved for more than 3,000 years, was found inside a stone sarcophagus, containing three coffins nested within each other. 

After the discovery, rumours spread throughout Europe that the tomb was cursed. Six weeks after the tomb’s official opening, Lord Carnarvon was found dead in his hotel room. Then, one by one, others associated with the excavation started to die…

Tomorrow, Egyptian authorities are set to announce the results of a recent radar search of two previously undiscovered rooms inside the tomb. Many hope the search has discovered the tomb of Nefertiti, the ancient Egyptian queen.

Nefertiti was the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten and widely famed for her beauty. It’s thought that she was as powerful a figure in ancient Egypt as her husband.

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