Convinced that there was at least one undiscovered tomb of a little-known Egyptian king who died at the age of eighteen or nineteen, the English archaeologist Howard Carter travelled with sponsorship by Lord Carnarvon to Egypt in 1891 to search for clues. Thanks to an Egyptian boy who stumbled on an nearby stone, Carter and his workmen discovered a step leading to the tomb of Tutankhamun, or King Tut, the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh who left behind a treasure that included statues, gold jewelry, a chariot, model boats, jars, chairs, paintings, and a golden mask. On February 16th, 1923, after months of excavation, they entered the last door of the sealed burial chamber; inside lay three coffins, the last of which was made of gold and contained the mummified body of King Tut. The best preserved pharaonic tomb in the Valley of Kings, Tut's chamber had remained intact for over 3,000 years, unlike many others that had been robbed over time of their riches. The discovery prompted unprecedented response and interest in international exhibition, allowing the world to learn more about ancient civilization and the young Pharaoh who, along with Carter, would become famous throughout the world.
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- Reach Door Of Tut's Chamber In Egypt Tomb: Tribune Gets First Camera Views. (1923, Feb 15). Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963)
- Savants Unveil Ancient Pomo In Tut's Tomb: Open Sealed Door On Year 1500 B. C. Scientists Open King Tut's Tomb, Centuries Old Rich Art Treasures Show Civilization Of Past. (1923, Feb 17). Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963)
- Carter Resumes Work Of Opening King Tut's Tomb. (1923, Oct 20). The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945)
- Mohamed Gorgar Found King Tut: Egyptian Boy Of 13, Digging Where Carter Told Him Not To, Stumbled Upon the Tomb That Has Had More Publicity Than Any Other In Egypt. (1924, Apr 13). Boston Daily Globe (1923-1927)
- Opening the Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen: Dr. Carter Files a Complete Report On What the Pharaoh's Grave Yielded To Science. (1927, May 08). New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Wireless to The New York Times. (1930, Dec 23). King Tut-Ankh-Amen's Tomb Now Nearly Cleared By Carter. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Murphy, W. S. (1972, Nov 26). Sifting Sand For King Tut's Tomb. Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- Thornton, G. (1976, May 16). Photography View: The Cameraman In King Tut's Tomb. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Charlton, L. (1977, Mar 16). Million in Washington Viewed Relics From King Tut's Tomb. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Wallach, A. (1978, Dec 10). The Search For Tut's Tomb: Howard Carter Was Sure He Knew Where To Find King Tut's Burial Place--And He Took a Desperate Gamble To Prove He Was Right. Newsday (1940-1992)
- King Tut: Treasures Of the Golden Pharoah: The World's Final Tutankhamun Tour. Includes news and notes about the famed exhibition, photo and video gallery from the Sanders Castle in Boston.
- Van Vleet, Carmelia and Alex Kim. Explore Ancient Egypt! White River Junction, VT: Nomad Press; Chicago, IL: Independent Publishers Group [distributor], c2008. e-book
- William, Robert Chadwell. The Forensic Historian: Using Science To Reexamine the Past. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2015. e-book
- Special News Slide, Courtesy of Gottesman Libraries
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