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King Tut's tomb - Lord Carnarvon's Discovery Of Tomb Of...
Lord Carnarvon's Discovery Of Tomb Of Tutankhamen iCiuro Correspondence Lord Carnarvon and Mr. Howard Carter have revealed to a large company what promises to be the most sensational Egyptological discovery of the century. The find consists of, among other objects, the funeral paraphernalia of the Egyptian King Tutankhamen, one of the famous heretic kings of the Eighteenth Dynasty, who reverted to Amen worship. Little is known of the later kings, including Tutankhamen, and the discovery should add invaluably to our knowledge of this period and of the great city of Tel-el-Amarna, which was founded in the fifteenth century B. C. by Amen-hotep IV, the first of the heretic kings. The remarkable discovery announced today is the reward of patience, perseverance and perspicacity. For nearly 16 years Lord Carnarvon, with the assistance of Mr. Howard Carter, has been carrying out excavations on that part of the site of the ancient Thebes situated on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor. .. The search was continued systematically, and at last the dogged perseverance of Mr. Garter, his thoroughness, above all his flair, were rewarded by the discovery, where the royal necropolw of the Theban Empire was situated, directly below the tomb of RamesesVI, of what looked like a cetoRe. Mr. Carter covered up the site and telegraphed to Lord Carnarvon, who at once came out from England. Little, however, did Lord Carnarvon and Mr. Carter suspect the wonderful nature of the contents of the chambers for there are more than one as they stood outside. The sealed outer door was carefully opened; then a way was cleared down eome 16 steps along a passage of about 25 feet. The door to the chambers was found to be sealed as the outer door had been, and, as on the outer door, there were traces of re-closing. With difficulty an entrance was effected, and when at last the excavators managed to squeeze their way in an extraordinary sight met their eyes, one that they could ecarcely credit. First they saw three magnificent state couches, all gilt, with exquisite carving and animal heads of typhon, hathor and lion. On these rested beds, beautifully carved, gilt, inlaid with hrory and semi-precious stones, and also innumerable boxes of exquisite workmanship. One of these boxes was inlaid 'with ebony and ivory, with gilt inscriptions; oi the London Timea. another contained emblems of the underworld ; on a third, which contained royal robes, handsomely embroidered, precious stones and golden sandals, were beautifully painted hunting scenes. There was a stool of ebony inlaid with ivory, with the most delicately carved duck'e feet ; also a child's stool of fine workmanship. Beneath one of the couches was the state throne of King Tutankhamen, probably one of the most beautiful objects of art ever discovered. There was also a heavily gilt chair, with portraits of the King and Queen, the whole incrusted with turquoise, cornelian lapis and other semi-precious stones. Other noteworthy objects were royal sticks, one of ebony with the head of an Asiatic as a handle in gold, another of the handsomest filigree work; also a stool for a throne with Asiatics carved on it, denoting that the Kin had placed his foot on the neck of the Asiatic prisoners taken in war. There were some quaint bronze-gilt musical ' instruments and a robing dummy for royal wigs and robes. There were also some exquisite alabaster vases with very intricate and unknown design, all of one piece, and some handsome blue Egyptian faience, and enormous quantities of provisions for the dead, comprising trussed duck, haunches of venison, etc., all packed in boxes according to the custom of the time. There were some remarkable wreaths, still looking evergreen, and one of the boxes contained rolls of papyri, which are expected to render a mass of information. A further chamber revealed an indescribable state of confusion. Here furniture, gold beds, exquisite boxes and alabaster vases similar to those found in the first chamber were piled high one on top of the other, so closely packed that it has been impossible to get inside yet. What adds interest to this discovery is that there is still yet a third sealed chamber, which, significantly, the two figures of the King discovered are guarding, and which may possibly turn out to be the actual tomb of King Tutankhamen, with members of the heretic's family. A curiously human touch occurs in connection with the tombnamely, the preparation of birds and other dainties for the deceased King's refreshment o his road to the underworld.

Clipped from The Baltimore Sun, 19 Dec 1922, Tue,  Page 8

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