Sunday, November 4, 2012
On November 4, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his excavation team found the steps leading to Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. Most ancient Egyptian tombs had been discovered, but with funding from wealthy aristocrat Lord Carnarvon, Carter was given one more year to find the elusive tomb of "King Tut,” who had died at age 18. On November 26, Carter breached the tomb’s first chamber and could see gold and ebony treasures and a sealed doorway between two sentinel statues, all preserved for more than 3,000 years. It was the best preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found. When Carnarvon asked, "Can you see anything?" Carter replied, "Yes, wonderful things."