Revisiting King Tutankhamun's Tomb
August 27, 2010 11:06 AM Subscribe
Ten thousand tourists have tramped above the spot where the latest find has just been made. Other archeologists, looking for the needle entrance to the royal tomb of Tutankhamen in the limestone haystack of el Qorn, came within a few feet of where, after sixteen years of labor, the late Lord Carnarvon and Mr. Howard Carter found their reward.
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National Geographic republished the photos (flash gallery)
and the text of the 1923 account of the opening of the tomb of King Tutankhamun
.If you want to see the images directly, you'll miss the text descriptions, but you can get to the images by editing this URL, where the images are numbered 01 to 20, even though there are only 17 pictures in the flash gallery (images 04, 12 and 17 were excluded).
In 2005, Nat Geo posted a narrated and interactive views of the tomb, Tutankhamun's royal wrappings, and a forensic investigation of the remains
for the article entitled "King Tut Revealed
," plus links to more Nat Geo resources
. The National Geographic Channel have also put the a documentary from the same time on YouTube - NGC Presents: King Tut's Final Secrets
For more views on the past from the past, Time Magazine's online archive turns up more odd gems
, with such updates as this one from October 5, 1923
Work in the Valley of the Kings at Luxor proceeded with painstaking slowness incomprehensible to the layman who would prefer to tear the secrets of the ages from TutankhAmen's breast in a day.
And there were a couple
of imaginary interviews
that invoked King Tut. Also on the lighter side, this bit of insight into the value of young King Tut's wealth
The combined value of all the objects in the tomb of King "Tut" is put at $15,000,000. Had this sum been invested in safe 6 per cent bonds 3,400 years ago, it would today amount to $4,800, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000.
In 1934, the Curse of the Mummy had the national attention
, especially after the death
of Arthur Edward Pearse Brome Weigall
, Weigall was an Egyptologist involved with the discovery and excavation of King Tutankhamun's tomb, and a vocal believer in (or the one who started) talk of the curse
, which was prime material for international newspapers
covering anything related to Egyptian discoveries.
If all these names and details are running together, this page provides an overview of the discovery
, covering the people involved, the curse of the mummy, and the contents of the tomb.