Egypt gets ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamen

Egypt gets ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamen

King Tutankhamen was the youngest pharaoh whose ancient tomb, filled with precious artifacts, has fascinated generations since it was first discovered.

For many, “King Tut” is the ultimate symbol of the glory of ancient Egypt. Tutankhamen inherited the throne when he was only 9 years old and ruled until his death at the age of 18 or 19.

“This year, in 2022, we are celebrating not only in Egypt, but throughout the world the discovery of Tutankhamen. It is about the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the boy-king’s tomb. The object stunned the whole world as intact items were found inside it,” says Mostafa Waziri, from the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The tomb was discovered by British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922.

“Tutankhamen’s tomb was the only one found intact in the Valley of the Kings. It’s a long and beautiful story. When Carter discovered it on November 4, 1922, he found 5,398 items, most of them gold. While the tomb itself is modest, it is very small compared to other tombs in the Valley of the Kings,” said Waziri.

The discovery of the 3,000-year-old tomb was a turning point in archaeology. The exterior of the building is built of wood and gilded with gold.

“After thousands of photos were taken of Tutankhamen’s mummy, we can say that he died due to the accident involving the motorcade accompanying his chariot, the left wheel of which came off. He died two days after the accident”, said Mostafa Waziri.

Tutankhamen’s mummy and the items in his tomb will be displayed together at the Great Egyptian Museum in Giza, where it opens. This will be the first exposure of 5,398 valuable items in history.