Amazing Colorized Photos from the Discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb

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The unearthing of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings is probably one of the most important events in archaeology. When Howard Carter discovered it back in 1922, the world had a unique opportunity to see the remarkable craftsmanship and wealth of the old Egyptians. Archaeologist Theodore M. Davis, who was one of the first to dig in Egypt, said that the Valley of the Kings by 1907 was exhausted, but it turned out it had plenty more to show.

British archaeologist Howard Carter was hired by George Herbert (the 5th Earl of Carnarvon) to oversee excavations in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. Carter was known as a careful and dedicated archaeologist. He always made detailed recordings of the objects he found, and he took the business of preservation very seriously, which is why he was chosen for the task.

When Carter started working in the valley (in 1907), progress was going slow. For years, he didn’t find anything significant to show to his employer. The unsatisfied Lord Carnarvon gave Carter one more chance to dig before stopping his funding. Carter then decided to go back and dig on a previously abandoned location, near some workman’s huts that were built during the Ramesside Period (the new Kingdom of Egypt, between 16th century BC and the 11th century BC), he was desperate and eager to find something.

Carter, Callender, and workers remove the partition wall between the antechamber and the burial chamber. (Dec. 2, 1923)

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