Treasures of the funerary Room of Toutankhamon
Treasures of the funerary Room of Toutankhamon. Thousands of years the Egyptian Valley of the Kings kept the secrets of tomb of Tutankhamun. Found in it rich golden treasure shook the imagination of people around the world that has brought worldwide fame to the person who opened it. Though several of the foremost excavations over the past centuries had declared there was nothing left to find in the Valley of the Kings, Howard Carter and his sponsor, Lord Carnarvon, spent a number of years and a lot of money searching for a tomb they weren’t sure existed. In November 1922, they found it. Carter had discovered not just an unknown ancient Egyptian tomb, but one that had lain nearly undisturbed for over 3,000 years. What lay within astounded the world.
Dust and darkness surrounded the British archaeologist Howard Carter and his patron Lord Carnarvon standing at the doorway deep underground in the Valley of the Kings. The two men spent eight years in unsuccessful search for the tomb of King Tutankhamun, the boy, who ruled Egypt about 1361 BC., but luck eluded him.
They excavated on the west bank of the Nile from nearby Luxor in the valley, which was the cemetery of the pharaohs. By the summer of 1922 people of Carter combed the entire valley, except for a small area near the excavated tomb of Ramses VI. Carter was convinced that this is where he is waiting for a long-awaited good luck.
Under his leadership, the Egyptian workers began to dig, and November 4, 1922 one of the diggers found at the bottom of a shallow valley level, carved out of stone. Work was continued, and out of the ground there were new stairs. Finally the upper part of the walled door was cleaned from the soil, which protected the ancient necropolis.
In the dense darkness of the tomb, he began to distinguish shine of treasures. “Amazing animals, statues and gold – gold everywhere … For a moment … I was speechless …” Lord Carnarvon asked, with barely suppressed impatience: “Do you see anything? ” “Yes, wonderful things …” – whispered Carter. Before them was a room full of funeral supplies for the afterlife of the pharaoh.
Priceless treasures found in large and small storerooms were registered, photographed and prepared for shipment to the Cairo Museum, where they were stored. This daunting job Carter had to perform in a stuffy, cramped room of the tomb. It has become a real challenge for the archaeologist.