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King TutOn this date in history… English archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter unsealed the nearly intact tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun.

QUESTION:

In what year was King Tut’s burial Tomb uncovered?

ANSWER:

1923

EXPLANATION:

On November 4, 1922, Howard Carter’s excavation group found the steps leading to Tutankhamun’s tomb – the best preserved and most intact tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.  On November 26, 1922, Carter made the “tiny breach in the top left hand corner” of the doorway, and was able to peer in by the light of a candle and see that many of the gold and ebony treasures were still in place. He made the breach into the tomb with a chisel his grandmother had given him for his seventeenth birthday. She knew he would one day make an amazing archaeological discovery.

He did not yet know at that point whether it was “a tomb or merely a cache”, but he did see a promising sealed doorway between two sentinel statues. When asked “can you see anything?” Carter replied with the famous words: “Yes, wonderful things.”

The next several months were spent cataloging the contents of the antechamber.

On February 16, 1923, Carter opened the sealed doorway, and found that it did indeed lead to a burial chamber, and he got his first glimpse of the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun.

NET CHECK IN’s:

A total of 29 people checked into the Net tonight and 6 of those got the correct answer.  Congratulations go out to:

  • K6FIN- Brian
  • KD6JEV – John
  • KK6LP – Jeff
  • KJ6LPE – Al
  • K6MPA – Greg
  • AF6TT – Leon

And thanks to everyone who checked into the Net.

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