20 Color Photos of King Tut's 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb

20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb

Jacob Miller - July 21, 2017

Tutankhamun, King Tut, was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty and ruled from 1332-1323 BC. He was nine years old when he became Pharaoh. King Tut’s reign was significant from his rejection of the radical religious innovations introduced by his predecessor and father, Akhenaten.

King Tut was buried in an unusually small tomb considering his status. It is believed that he died unexpectedly, before the completion of a grand royal tomb.

In 1922, Howard Carter discovered the nearly intact tomb of Tutankhamun on an excursion funded by Lord George Herbert, Earl of Carnarvon. This discovery sparked renewed public interest in ancient Egypt. Artifacts from the tomb have toured the world.

It took Carter 10 years to catalogue all 5,398 all the items that were uncovered from the tomb including a solid gold coffin, face mask, thrones, archery bows, trumpets, a lotus chalice, food, wine, sandals, and fresh linen underwear. One of the more spectacular items uncovered is a dagger with an iron blade made from meteorite.

It was believed that there was a curse on King Tut’s tomb, a curse that does not differentiate between thieves and archaeologists, that causes bad luck, illness, or death to anyone who disturbs the mummy. A study conducted showed that of the 58 people who were present when the tomb and sarcophagus were opened, only eight died within 12 years. The last survivor died 39 years after the event. The study of the veracity of the curse is inconclusive as it did not consider any bad luck the archaeologists may have experienced.

20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
Lord Carnarvon, financier of the excavation, reads on the veranda of Carter’s house near the Valley of the Kings. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
A ceremonial bed in the shape of the Celestial Cow, surrounded by provisions and other objects in the antechamber of the tomb. rarehistoriclaphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
A gilded lion bed and inlaid clothes chest among other objects in the antechamber. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
A gilded lion bed, clothes chest and other objects in the antechamber. The wall of the burial chamber is guarded by statues. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
An assortment of model boats in the treasury of the tomb. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
Under the lion bed in the antechamber are several boxes and chests, and an ebony and ivory chair which Tutankhamun used as a child. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
A gilded bust of the Celestial Cow Mehet-Weret and chests sit in the treasury of the tomb. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
Chests inside the treasury. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
Ornately carved alabaster vases in the antechamber. rarehistoricalphotos

20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
In a “laboratory” set up in the tomb of Sethos II, conservators Arthur Mace and Alfred Lucas clean one of the sentinel statues from the antechamber. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
Howard Carter, Arthur Callender and an Egyptian worker wrap one of the sentinel statues for transport. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
Arthur Mace and Alfred Lucas work on a golden chariot from Tutankhamun’s tomb outside the “laboratory” in the tomb of Sethos II. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
A statue of Anubis on a shrine with pallbearers’ poles in the treasury of the tomb. rarehistoricaphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
Carter, Callende, and two workers remove the partition wall between the antechamber and the burial chamber. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
Carter, Callender and two Egyptian workers carefully dismantle one of the golden shrines within the burial chamber. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
Howard Carter, Arthur Callender and an Egyptian worker open the doors of the innermost shrine and get their first look at Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
Carter examines Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
Carter and a worker examine the solid gold innermost sarcophagus. rarehistoricalphotos
20 Color Photos of King Tut’s 3,300-Year-Old Tomb
The unbroken seal on King Tutankhamun’s tomb, 1922. Youtube

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