The Impact of King Tut

            One of the most fascinating tools aiding in the discovery of Ancient Egyptian society was the tomb of King Tutankhamen. Discovered in the early twentieth century, King Tutankhamen's tomb provided the world with an intake of Egyptian lifestyles. By observing and analyzing the intact, pictorial artifacts, archaeologists were able to form conclusions of what the ancient world was like. The artifacts within the tomb not only told of the lifestyles of the Ancient Egyptians, but also revealed the routines and duties of the ruler, Tutankhamen. By learning about King Tutankhamen's life, one is really learning about the other rulers and their common practices. Through a remarkable discovery of the well-kept tomb of Tutankhamen, the Ancient worlds of Tutankhamen as well as Egypt were finally unmasked. .

             Tutankhamen's tomb was not discovered until 1922 partly because Tutankhamen's name, along with that of other pharaohs of his dynasty, was removed from the royal lists during the 19th dynasty. In the 20th dynasty, when the tomb of Ramses VI was carved immediately above Tutankhamen's, rubble covered his burial place. The burial chamber was not entered until found in 1922 by British Egyptologist Howard Carter after years of searching. .

             While excavating in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt in January of 1908, Theodore Davis found artifacts, each with Tutankhamen's name inscribed on it. After concluding that the site was merely a reburial site of Tutankhamen and not the actual tomb, Davis opened the door for Howard Carter to continue investigating the area within the next twenty years. Much to Davis's dismay, Howard Carter would be the one cited for the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb. After obtaining permission to investigate the area, Carter, along with Lord Carnarvon, discovered and entered the tomb of King Tutankhamen despite the desire to give up at first. "We had almost made up our minds to leave The Valley and try our luck elsewhere; and then-hardly had we set hoe to ground in our last despairing effort than we made a discovery that far exceeded our wildest dreams," says Howard Carter in 1922 of the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb.

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