EXPERTS are still baffled by Tutankhamun’s story, a hundred years after his mysterious tomb was uncovered.
Historians disagree on some key questions, such as what might be behind the walls and even whether the tomb was intended for young King Tut.
And archaeologists have not even managed to fully understand all the thousands of treasures buried with him.
Friday marks the centenary since British archaeologist Howard Carter led a team to Tutankhamun’s famous resting place.
The entire excavation took ten years.
Daniela Rosenow, of the University of Oxford’s Griffith Institute, told The Sun: “It was the first time a royal tomb was discovered more or less almost intact.
“It gave us a glimpse, it was almost like a time bubble, into ancient Egypt because there were over 5,000 objects, some of them for burial and many of them also everyday objects, things that Tutankhamun had used.”
But she said we still know many things about King Tut, who died around 1323 BC at the age of 19. died.
Experts are particularly excited about his family.
“In this respect, the tomb was a bit of a disappointment for many Egyptologists who had hoped to learn more about his lifetime,” Rosenow continues.
“So the hope, at least for historians in general, was to find some papyri that would give us more historical information about what happened during that period, that’s so very interesting, but actually that wasn’t the case.
“There is still work to be done on the objects of the tomb. There are still many object groups that have not yet been properly studied.”
Although Tutankhamun lived a life of luxury worthy of a king, it wasn’t all about gold, as is commonly believed.
Treasures found in his tomb included boxes of groceries, bouquets of flowers, textiles, furniture, and even cosmetic implements.
Experts also dispute claims that the tomb is cursed, a long-standing myth due to multiple deaths shortly after Tutankhamun was uncovered.
Carter’s journals, which document each day of the arduous dig, are currently on view at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford as part of a free exhibition running until February 5, 2023.
Who was King Tutankhamun?
Here’s everything you need to know…
- King Tutankhamun is the most famous of the ancient pharaohs of Egypt
- He ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago from 1332 to 1323 BC
- Tut is known as the “boy king” as he was only 10 years old when he took the toss
- When he became king, he married his half-sister Ankhesenpaaten. They had two daughters together, but both were stillborn.
- Tut died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 19
- Some believe King Tut was assassinated, but most believe his death was an accident
- The pharaoh is also famous for the supposed curse that afflicts his tomb
- After the tomb’s discovery in 1922, archaeologists and even their family members died from horrific illnesses or in strange accidents — and some say the deaths were no accident
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