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100 Years ago....


Treasures of Tutankhamun unearthed


November 29, 1922



Three days ago, in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, two British archaeologists became the first humans to gaze on the sumptuously filled tomb of Pharoah Tutankhamun for over 3000 years.


One of the men, Howard Carter, has been searching for the tomb of Tutankhamun ever since he stumbled across a mention of him 30 years ago. So it was with great excitement that earlier this month a flight of 16 steps, leading to a door marked with the Pharoah's seal, was uncovered at the site he was excavating near Luxor.


Immediately he sent for his sponsor, the Earl of Carnarvon, and they made a hole in the door and Carter held a candle into the chamber beyond. He surveyed the scene and, when the Earl asked what he saw, he is reported to have said, "Many wonderful things".


It is now known that that they include golden statues, beds inlaid with ivory and jewels, a golden throne studded with gems, gold sandals painted with hunting scenes and many other treasures, undisturbed since 1337 BC.


Article from "Chronicle of the 20th Century" ISBN 1 872031 80 3

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