Archeologists discovered the tomb of the world’s most famous pharaoh, King Tut, 100 years ago. The mysteries surrounding the ancient Egyptian ruler are still being admired.
Scientists have uncovered more than 5,000 artifacts dating back to the 1300s B.C. They include a dagger crafted from meteorite, an army of servants in their preserved tombs and the iconic golden death mask of King Tutankhamun.
But a number of missing artifacts are believed to have been stolen. Some evidence points to Howard Carter, the archeologist who initially discovered the tomb in 1922. Some of the looted objects have ended up in the West, outside of their designated resting place.
As recently as 2019, a bust of the boy king was auctioned off in London for $6 million, sparking controversy. The ancient artifacts are considered property of the Egyptian government, though many replicas are on display around the world.
King Tut ruled Egypt for about ten years until his death at 19. It is unclear exactly how he died, though some experts point to complications from a broken leg. Today, his artifacts are housed at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt.
IT’S BEEN ONE HUNDRED YEARS SINCE ARCHEOLOGISTS DISCOVERED THE TOMB OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS FAROH, KING TUT. AND ON THIS ANNIVERSARY THE MYSTERIES SURROUNDING THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN RULER ARE STILL BEING ADMIRED.
SCIENTISTS HAVE UNCOVERED MORE THAN 5,000 ARTIFACTS, DATING BACK TO THE THIRTEEN HUNDREDS B.C.
INCLUDING A DAGGER CRAFTED FROM METEORITE, AN ARMY OF SERVANTS IN THEIR TOMBS PRESERVED, AND THE ICONIC GOLDEN DEATH MASK OF KING TOOTINKAMOON.
BUT THERE’S ALSO A NUMBER OF MISSING ARTIFACTS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN STOLEN. SOME EVIDENCE POINTS TO HOWARD CARTER, THE ARCHEOLOGIST WHO INITIALLY DISCOVERED THE TOMB IN 1922.
SOME OF THE LOOTED OBJECTS HAVE ENDED UP IN THE WEST OUTSIDE THEIR DESIGNATED RESTING PLACE.
AS RECENTLY AS 2019, A BUST OF THE BOY KING WAS AUCTIONED OFF IN LONDON FOR 6 MILLION DOLLARS, SPARKING CONTROVERSY.
THAT’S BECAUSE THESE ANCIENT ARTIFACTS ARE CONSIDERED PROPERTY OF THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT, THOUGH MANY REPLICAS ARE ON DISPLAY AROUND THE WORLD.
KING TUT RULED EGYPT FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS UNTIL HIS DEATH AT AGE 19. IT’S UNCLEAR EXACTLY HOW HE DIED, THOUGH SOME EXPERTS POINT TO COMPLICATIONS FROM A BROKEN LEG.
TODAY HIS ARTIFACTS ARE HOUSED AT THE GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM IN GIZA, EGYPT.