In the year 1914, a relationship between a gifted Egyptologist & archaeologist by the name Howard Carter and the 5th Earl of Carnarvon led to the most famous archaeological discovery of all time “King Tutankhamun Tomb Discovery“. In that year, Lord Carnarvon hired Carter to discover the tomb of an ancient young pharaoh of the glorious 18th dynasty named king Tutankhamen. Lord Carnarvon spent many seasons after season trying to find the tomb but was not successful that why he hired carter because of his supervise excavations Hatshepsut temple in Luxor and his usage of modern methods of archaeology and recording for one final season as he was getting old and running out of hope.
King Tutankhamun Tomb Discovery
Both of them were truly chasing a dream as the general theory was that the tomb was discovered by American Egyptologist Theodore Davis in 1905 but only a small cache of gold fossils carry tut name was found and his mummy wasn’t so everyone believed that his treasures were stolen and lost forever. But they believed the tomb of Tutankhamen is not lost but simply forgotten and it’s their destiny to remind the world once again. The final search began in the Valley of the Kings on November 1, 1922 and by the grace of God, on November 4, 1922, Three days later while systematically investigating a line of huts, the young water boy stumbled on a stone that appeared to be the top of a flight of steps cut into the bedrock so after clearing the debris and a slow a careful excavation of the sunken staircase leading to a mud-plastered doorway which carried the royal seals of King Tut.
On 22 November 1922, a small breach was made to the left corner of the doorway and carter was able to insert the light of a candle and Carnarvon asked “Can you see anything?” which Carter replied, “yes, Wonderful Things”. One of these wonderful things was the tomb of King Tutankhamun, the most preserved and intact tomb in the history of ancient Egyptian civilization which was open for the first time in modern history on 16 February 1923. About 5.398 items were found which Carter took 10 years to document like Tut’s famous golden face mask, his dagger which was made from a meteorite, archery bow, golden chariot, and many more majestic items located at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The discovery was covered by the world’s media & press that captured the attention of everyone around the planet during that Era and gave rise to Egyptomania worldwide.
Unfortunately the Public seemed to pay more attention to the so-called “Pharaoh’s Curse” that states that anyone who disturbs the final rest of the Pharaoh shall meet his demise as Lord Carnarvon died 5 months after the discovery which led to many supernatural speculations but out of the 58 people who were present only eight died within a dozen years and the rest lives very peaceful life lives like Howard Carter who passed away at the age of 64 in 1939.
Egypt holds an amazing collection of artifacts and monuments that belong to King Tutankhamun and Many other great kings in the magical cities Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan, and there is a chance for you to witness all of them with our Egypt private tours.