“It was a sight surpassing all precedent, and one we never dreamed of seeing.” - Howard Carter, Archaeologist and Discoverer of King Tutankhamun's Tomb
While on an expedition in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the entrance to King Tutankhamun's tomb 97 years ago today. A few weeks later, Carter and his team would unseal the remarkably intact sarcophagi made of stone and gold that were more than 3,000 years old. King Tut started ruling Egypt as pharaoh at the age of nine, and his reign would last until his death at age 19 in the year 1324 BC. Now a must-see bucket-list item for archaeology enthusiasts around the word, the historic tomb had endured wear and tear from its thousands of yearly visitors, and a restoration effort initiated by the Getty Conservation Institute in 2009 was recently completed after more than a decade of work.