This week celebrates the opening of King Tut’s tomb by Howard Carter (Pic on right) in 1922. King Tutankhamun was an 18th Dynasty Egyptian pharaoh of the New Kingdom. He died over 3,300 years ago and was buried, along with sixty-two other pharaohs from the period, in the Valley of the Kings which is located near Thebes which is now called Luxor.
Prior to the discovery of Tut, archaeologists claimed that the area had been entirely excavated. Tombs of the great pharaohs stood open, looted ages before destroying the pharaohs’ chance for immortality.
British nobleman George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, (Pic on right) wintered in Egypt due to poor health. He first began excavations in Egypt in 1905. Being a novice, he was a complete failure. He hired archaeologist Howard Carter to manage the excavations that he funded. The onset of World War I stopped their efforts. After the war ended, they returned to their excavations in the area where a few items identified with King Tut had been discovered. They continued their excavations without success for several years. Lord Carnarvon decided to shut down the operation but Carter convinced him to give it one more year. That year they hit pay dirt.
Tomorrow, Tut’s Tomb. Rita Bay