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The unbroken seal on King Tut’s Tomb — Historical Pics (@VeryOldPics) (History in the making celebrating an unbroken seal)


this day in the yesteryear: Carter Breaches Entrance to Tutankhamun’s Tomb (1922)


Carter Breaches Entrance to Tutankhamun’s Tomb (1922)

In 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter had one last chance at a successful excavation in Egypt before his patron, Lord Carnarvon, withdrew financial backing. Luckily, the two soon became the first to enter the tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun in some 3,000 years. The tomb was almost completely intact, and its treasures made Tutankhamen perhaps the best-known of the pharaohs despite his early death and limited accomplishments. What did Carter reportedly say upon accessing the tomb? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: GEORGE EDWARD STANHOPE MOLYNEUX HERBERT, 5TH EARL OF CARNARVON (1866)


George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (1866)

An enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist, Carnarvon was an English aristocrat who funded several excavations in Egypt. After pursuits in Thebes, he joined forces with English Egyptologist Howard Carter to search for Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. In 1922, the two opened the young Pharaoh‘s crypt, discovering treasures unsurpassed in the history of archaeology. Carnarvon’s death a year after the discovery became linked to the legendary “Mummy’s Curse.” What really killed him? More…Discuss