Archaeologists Entered King Tut’s Tomb
Egyptian King Tutankhamen, known as King Tut, ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. He came to the throne at age 9 and ruled for 10 years until his death by unknown causes. His most significant contribution to Egyptian life was to bring worship of the supreme Egyptian god Amun back into vogue.
Tut is also famous for having a nearly completely intact tomb. Archaeologists Howard Carter and George Herbert, 5th earl of Carnarvon, discovered it in the Valley of the Kings and entered it on November 26, 1922. The tomb, unlike many others, was undisturbed by grave robbers; Carter and his fellows could see footprints left by tomb builders. The discovery catapulted the little-known pharaoh to fame.
Carter spent the next several years exploring the four-room tomb and discovering several thousand objects, including Tut’s burial mask. Many of these objects have traveled the world for special exhibitions, though the most fragile remain in Egypt.
Fun Fact: Many believed that Tut’s tomb was placed under a curse and that any who entered would die as punishment for disturbing the pharaoh’s resting place. This was supported by the mysterious deaths of many who entered the tomb, including Lord Carnarvon. Some scientists believe the “curse” is just bacteria that hasn’t been exposed to the elements for thousands of years. Others think it is just coincidence.