السبت، 8 أكتوبر 2011

The Discovery of King Tutankhamun's Tomb

In AD 1908, Lord Carnarvon, a wealthy English aristocrat, obtained a concession to dig in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes, west of Luxor. He then asked Howard Carter, who had connections with the authorities at the Egyptian Antiquities Service, to direct the excavations at Thebes.

Carter cleared the tombs of Tuthmosis the Fourth, Yuya and Thuya, and Hatshepsut.

He was forced to stop the excavations when the First World War began in AD 1914, but resumed the work in AD 1917. On the first of November, AD 1922, he started digging in a place near the entrance of the tomb of Ramesses the Sixth.

Four days later, the workmen came upon a trench filled with rubble leading to a staircase cut in the rock. The staircase led to a blocked doorway, plastered and sealed with the royal necropolis seals.

The excavations revealed the most unexpected and exquisite discovery ever found in Egypt, and perhaps anywhere. The tomb of King Tutankhamun was found after being hidden for more than 3000 years .

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