Also discovered in the Treasury were two small coffins found in a simple, undecorated wooden box. Inside these two coffins were the mummies of two premature fetuses. It is hypothesized that these were Tutankhamun's children. (Tutankhamun is not known to have had any surviving children.)
World Famous Discovery
The discovery of King Tut's tomb in November 1922 created an obsession around the world. Daily updates of the find were demanded. Masses of mail and telegrams deluged Carter and his associates. Hundreds of tourists waited outside the tomb for a peek. Hundreds more people tried to use their influential friends and acquaintances to get a tour of the tomb causing a great hindrance to work in the tomb and endangering the artifacts. Ancient Egyptian style clothes quickly hit the markets and appeared in fashion magazines. Even architecture was affected when Egyptian designs were copied into modern buildings.
The rumors and excitement over the discovery became especially acute when Lord Carnarvon became suddenly ill from an infected mosquito bite on his cheek (he had accidentally aggravated it while shaving). On April 5, 1923, within a week of the bite, Lord Carnarvon died. Just as quickly, newspapers were filled with the "news" of a curse.
In all, it took Howard Carter and his colleagues ten years to document and clear out Tutankhamun's tomb. After Carter completed his work at the tomb in 1932, he began to write a six-volume definitive work, A Report upon the Tomb of Tut 'ankh Amun. Unfortunately, Carter died before he was able to finish. On March 2, 1939, Howard Carter passed away at his home Kensington, London.
The young pharaoh, Tutankhamun, whose own obscurity during his own time allowed his tomb to be forgotten, has now become one of the most well-known pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Having traveled around the world as part of an exhibit, King Tut's body once again rests in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
1. Howard Carter, The Tomb of Tutankhamen (E.P. Dutton, 1972) 26.
2. Carter, The Tomb 32.
3. Carter, The Tomb 33.
4. Carter, The Tomb 35.
5. Carter, The Tomb 35.
6. Nicholas Reeves, The Complete Tutankhamun: The King, the Tomb, the Royal Treasure (London: Thames and Hudson Ltd., 1990) 79.
7. Carter, The Tomb 43.
8. Carter, The Tomb 53.
9. Christopher Frayling, The Face of Tutankhamun (Boston: Faber and Faber, 1992) 20-21.
10. Howard Carter as quoted in Reeves, The Complete 82.
11. Carter, The Tomb 98, 99.
12. Carter, The Tomb 105.
13. Carter, The Tomb 112.
14. Carter, The Tomb 129.
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