Commemoration Of A Century-Old Event!
History, possibly, was all set to forget the name of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. People would have forgotten him, unless British Archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter (May 9, 1874 – March 2, 1939) discovered the intact tomb of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh in November 1922…
Lord Carnarvon, the British aristocrat, had employed Carter to supervise excavations of the tomb, as the former received the concession to dig in the Valley of the Kings in 1914. Carter was convinced that King Tut’s remains were buried in the sand of Luxor! When he was working at the site on November 4, 1922, a young boy – Hussein Abdel-Rasul – told Carter that he found a rock while digging the ground. Carter rushed to the spot and discovered that it was actually top of some stairs!
Carter immediately informed Lord Carnarvon that he had discovered something great! Later, he found a corridor and a closed door beneath the ground. Finally, Carter and his team members entered the tomb on November 26… the famous Sarcophagus and the mummy were discovered. Those had been lying there for 3,000 years!
Carter collected and listed 5,366 artefacts, and brought them to Cairo. He handed those items over to the Museum Authorities.
On the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, the Saatchi Gallery in London is hosting an exhibition (from November 2, 2019 to May 3, 2020) on 150 authentic pieces from the tomb! And, more than 60 of those pieces are travelling outside of Egypt for the first time. The priceless treasures include hands made of gold, jewellery, other ornaments, shields, food pots and many more unprecedented collections!
After Los Angeles and Paris, London becomes the third of 10 cities to host the exhibition, titled Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. In Paris, it became France’s most attended exhibition of all time with over 1.4 million visitors!
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