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This Happened - February 16: King Tutankhamun Unearthed

British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt in November 1922. The tomb was opened on this day in 1923.

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Why was the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb so important?

The discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb was significant because it was one of the few undisturbed tombs from ancient Egypt to be discovered. The treasures found inside the tomb provided valuable insights into the art, technology, and culture of the time.

What was found inside King Tutankhamun's tomb when it was opened?

When King Tutankhamun's tomb was opened, it was found to contain a wealth of artifacts, including a solid gold mask, jewelry, statues, weapons, and a chariot. The tomb also contained the mummy of the king himself, which was well-preserved.

Who financed the expedition to discover King Tutankhamun's tomb?

The expedition to discover King Tutankhamun's tomb was financed by Lord Carnarvon, a British aristocrat and amateur Egyptologist.

What is the curse of King Tutankhamun’s tomb?

Lord Carnarvon died from an infected mosquito bite on April 5, 1923, just a few months after the tomb was opened. Some people believe that his death was caused by the "Curse of the Pharaohs," which was said to be placed on anyone who disturbed the tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh.

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