1922 – Entrance to Tutankhamun’s Tomb in the Valley of the Kings is Found
After a systematic search, beginning in 1915, Howard Carter discovered the actual tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62) on 4th November 1922.
The day and time were selected to unseal the tomb with about twenty appointed witnesses that included Lord Carnarvon, several Egyptian officials, museum representatives and the staff of the Government Press Bureau. On 17 February 1923 at just after two o’clock, the seal was broken.
There were 5,398 items found in the tomb, including a solid gold coffin, face mask, thrones, archery bows, trumpets, a lotus chalice, two Imiut fetishes, gold toe stalls, furniture, food, wine, sandals, and fresh linen underwear.
Howard Carter took 10 years to catalog the items. Recent analysis suggests a dagger recovered from the tomb had an iron blade made from a meteorite; study of artifacts of the time including other artifacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb could provide valuable insights into metalworking technologies around the Mediterranean at the time.
Extra Note: Almost 80% of Tutankhamun’s burial equipment originated from the female pharaoh Neferneferuaten’s funerary goods, including the Mask of Tutankhamun.
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