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In Pictures: Tutankhamun

The discovery of the young Pharaoh’s tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in 1922 proved vital to uncovering the secrets of Ancient Egypt


TOMB RAIDERS: Unlike most other tombs in Ancient Egypt, Tutankhamun’s (who died at age 18) was almost untouched by grave robbers. This seal to his fifth shrine had not been broken in over 3,200 years

Perhaps the greatest discovery in history, the unearthing of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb took place on 4 November 1922. British archaeologist Howard Carter, funded by amateur Egyptologist Lord Carnarvon, is credited with this incredible find. But were it not for a little luck, the elaborate burial site of the boy king may never have been found at all.

TOMB RAIDERS: Tutankhamun’s second coffin (he had three) was decorated with gold and lapis lazuli. He holds the symbols of pharaonic power, the crook and flail


Howard Carter, a trained artist, found his true calling at age 17, when he was sent to Egypt to assist a family friend in recording the discovery of tombs at Beni Hasan. He worked his way up the greasy pole until he resigned from his post at the Egyptian Antiquities Service in a fit of hot temper, after falling out with his superiors.

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