“King Tut’s reign, after the discovery of his untouched tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, was popularised in the modern world due to the remarkable riches found in his tomb”.
The Discovery Of a Tomb Suitable for a King
This article has a timeline of the discovery of Tut’s tomb by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter. The truth of the matter was that Tut was unknown to the world public before Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered his tomb. What they found in the tomb was enough riches suitable for a King and the world erupted with curiosity towards who this Tut king was. Due to the fact that he was found in an untouched tomb surrounded by riches made the world want to know more and this began to make Tut a public known figure.
Howard Carter is emerging from the tomb, while Lord Carnarvon helps him out. This was a picture I found linked with a twitter post. That moment of Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon stepping out of King Tut’s tomb is where the fame of King Tut in culture today comes from. Without that moment, King Tut and more importantly his riches would haven’t been seen by the world till later and possibly if robbers found his tomb first King Tut would have forever remained a mystery.
Howard Carter himself kept a journal, where he logged the discovery of the tomb. The Primary source under this paragraph, is an excerpt from his journal.This journal when read fully and analyzed with voyant tools helps us understand what was going through the mind of this man on his travels, we can see this through his excess use of words like tomb, entrance, chamber, objects and impressions (this analysis of the text comes from Voyant-tools.org). Without this man and his partner, King Tut’s tomb and riches might have never been shown to the world keeping King Tut a mystery.
Sunday, November 5.
Discovered tomb under tomb of Ramses VI
Investigated same & found seals intact…
It took the whole of the preceding day and most of this day to free this excavation before the upper margins of the staircase could be demarcated on its four sides. As first conjectured it proved to be an opening (about 4 ms x 1.60 ms) excavated in the bed-rock, with its W. end abutting against the rock slope of the small hillock in which Ramses VI had excavated his tomb. As the work proceeded we found that the western end of the cutting receded under the slope of the rock, and thus was partly roofed over by the overhanging rock.
Towards sunset we had cleared down to the level of the 12th step, which was sufficient to expose a large part of the upper portion of a plastered and sealed doorway. Here before us was sufficient evidence to show that it really was an entrance to a tomb, and by the seals, to all outward appearances that it was intact.
I examined this exposed portion of the sealed doorway and noticed that the only decipherable impressions of the seals were those of the well-known Royal Necropolis seal, i.e., Anubis (symbolizing a king) over nine foes.
With the evidence of these seals, and the fact that the workmen’s huts, which in all probabilities dated from the time of the construction of Rameses VI’s tomb, were built over the mouth of the entrance of this newly discovered tomb without apparently disturbing it, it was clear that its content would be undisturbed at least since the XXth Dyn.
The seal-impressions suggested that it belonged to somebody of high standing but at that time I had not found any indications as to whom.
I noticed at the top of the doorway, where some of the cement-like plaster had fallen away, a heavy wooden lintel. To assure myself of the method in which the doorway was blocked, I made a small hole under this wooden lintel – the R. hand corner, about 35 x 15 cms in size. By this hole I was able to perceive with the aid of an electrical torch that a passage beyond was completely filled with stones and rubble up to its ceiling, which was again evidence of something that had required careful closing. It was a thrilling moment for an excavator, quite alone save his native staff of workmen, to suddenly find himself, after so many years of toilsome work, on the verge of what looked like a magnificent discovery – an untouched tomb. With certain reluctance I reclosed the small hole that I had made, and returned to another careful search among the seals to see if I could not find some indication that would point to the identity of the owner, but it was of no avail for the small space bared by my excavation did not expose any impression sufficiently clear to be made out, other than that of the Royal Necropolis seal already mentioned.
Though I was satisfied that I was on the verge of perhaps a magnificent find, probably one of the missing tombs that I had been seeking for many years, I was much puzzled by the smallness of the opening in comparison with those of other royal tombs in the valley. Its design was certainly of the XVIIIth Dyn. Could it be the tomb of a noble, buried there by royal consent? Or was it a royal cache? As far as my investigations had gone there was absolutely nothing to tell me. Had I known that by digging a few inches deeper I would have exposed seal impressions showing Tut.ankh.Amen’s insignia distinctly I would have fervently worked on and set my mind at rest, but as it was, it was getting late, the night had fast set in, the full moon had risen high in the eastern heavens, I refilled the excavation for protection, and with my men selected for the occasion – they like myself delighted beyond all expectation – I returned home and cabled to Ld. C. (then in England) the following message:-
“At last have made wonderful discovery in Valley a magnificent tomb with seals intact recovered same for your arrival congratulations “
Riches From the Tomb of Tut
This Image gallery is amazing. The items that are pictured are fascinating and are amazing to look at. These riches from King Tut’s tomb, is something that I have personally viewed in Cairo when I was there. This gallery helps show us that when people first think of King Tut, these riches and wonderful objects come to mind, not what he did or who he was. Many people nowadays don’t know what King Tut did or who he was. People just know of King Tut through the riches the’ve seen or heard about, and then they create wonderful fake stories in their minds of what kind of leader Tut was. Below is the cite of the Image gallery, Check it out!
If you are curious to learn more about who King Tut was I recommend reading this article, it gave me a better explanation of who this unknown king really was.
Tut Touches the World Even After Death
Weekday single membership admission for the 1979 Tut show at the AGO ($16.66 in 2009 currency)
Weekday single membership admission for the 2009-10 Tut show at the AGO.
The number of visitors who attended Treasures of Tutankhamun at the Field Museum in Chicago in 1977. Still the record for the Field for attendance at a travelling show.
Average number of hours in 1979 that Treasures of Tutankhamun was open during each day of its 60-day AGO run.
Average number of hours the 2009-10 Tut show will be open each day (closed Mondays) during its five-month AGO stay.
This stat sheet talks about numbers that correlated with King Tut’s treasures that were displayed to the public. As seen by this article, the world went kind of went Egypt crazy with the discovery of King Tut’s great riches. As time went on people began to recognize the name King Tut, not because of what he accomplished as a leader but because of the fact that he was the mummy found with all those treasures.
This map of Egypt (attached as a link under this paragraph) helps us understand that the discovery of such a rich king like King Tut was an unusual to people living in the time of the 1900. Living in Cairo and growing up in lower egypt, as the area around Cairo is called, you were use to talking about the ancient egyptians because right near Cairo is the pyramids of Giza. But in the 1900 when King Tut’s tomb was discovered in upper egypt this rocked some people’s worlds, because not only was it odd place for a leader to be at the same time the amount of riches Tut had was surprising for someone living in upper egypt.
Media Credit (Using Chicago Citation Style)
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Social Media Post
Richardson, Thomas. “Twitter. It’s What’s Happening.” Twitter.com. Twitter, 26 Nov. 2016. Web. 1 Dec. 2016. https://twitter.com/HogHighlander/status/802539625097166849?lang=en
Williams, A. R. “National Geographic.” National Geographic. National Geographic, 24 Nov. 2015. Web. 01 Dec. 2016. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151124-tut-biography-egypt-tomb-archaeology/#/01_TUT.ngsversion.1448454608653.jpg
Voyant Analysis of Text
Carter, Howard. “Howard Carter’s Diary and Journal 1922.” Howard Carter’s Diary and Journal 1922. Griffith Institute, Oxford, Feb.-Mar. 2011. Web. 01 Dec. 2016. http://www.griffith.ox.ac.uk/gri/4sea1not.html
United States Central Intelligence Agency. “Egypt”. [Washington, D.C.: Central Intelligence Agency, 1967] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress. Web. 13 Dec. 2016. https://www.loc.gov/item/94686072/
Adams, James. “King Tut’s Vital Statistics.” The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail, 2009. Web. 01 Dec. 2016. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/king-tuts-vital-statistics/article4215539/