13 – King Tutankhamun’s Tomb
The British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of Kings on November 4, 1922, near the tomb of Ramses VI. The site was found under the remains of the homes of the workers of the Ramesside period which helped to preserve it. Curiously enough, when Carter entered the chamber, he was able to photograph floral offerings that later disintegrated into dust after 3300 years.
The tomb’s four chambers were replete with objects, so many, in fact, that completely emptying the tomb took over 8 years. More than 5000 pieces, including that pharaoh’s iconic mask, were eventually transported to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
The fantastic discovery of King Tut’s tomb renewed worldwide interest in the study of Egyptology and inspired a generation of children to study archeology.
Another important, albeit lesser known, tomb in Egypt was found deep within the necropolis at Qubbet el-Hawa, and it is the next discovery on our list.
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