“Wonderful Things”

Tut wallsIn November, 1922, Carter began his final season working for Lord Carnavon in the Valley of the Kings by exposing the workmen’s huts at the base of the tomb of Rameses VI. By the fourth day of excavations of the ground beneath the huts. they discovered a step that cut into the rock. In a few days they had exposed 12 steps and a partial door with an intact seal. Carter stopped his work, refilled the steps, and contacted Lord Carnavon in England.

A few weeks later Carter exposed all of the sixteen steps and the full door which had Tut’s seals. They also saw where robbers had broken in and passed through the rubble-filled passage. They later discovered that this was a second break in with an earlier one shortly after Tut’s death. Items from the tomb were discovered under the rubble-filled 26-foot-long passage. At the end of the passage, a door was found that had been broken open. They feared that they would find nothing on the other side. Here’s Carter’s account of what they found:

Tut's Sarcophagus“At first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flame to flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment – an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by – I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, “Can you see anything?” it was all I could do to get out the words, “Yes, wonderful things.” Tomorrow, Tut Revealed   Rita Bay

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