Howard Carter studies Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus, 1922
King Tut’s Tomb is the burial place of the young king of ancient Egypt, Tutankhamun.
Known as the “boy king,” Tutankhamun reigned from 1333 to 1323 BCE, coming to rule when he was less than ten years old. Though an unexpected early death at age 19 cut his reign short, the discovery of his remarkably intact tomb thousands of years later made him better known than most of the pharaohs who came before or after.
The entrance to King Tut’s tomb was discovered in November 1922, due to the dedicated efforts of English archaeologist Howard Carter. After decades of excavation work in the Valley of the Kings, the steps to King Tut’s tomb were uncovered in debris near the entrance of the tomb of Rameses VI. Within weeks of the discovery, Carter and his patron, Lord Carnarvon, entered the tomb’s interior chambers. The tomb was the most intact of any that had ever been found.
Layout & Contents
Over the next several years, the four-room tomb was cautiously excavated, and the contents were incredible. Several thousand precious objects lay inside, including statues, clothing, chariots, weapons, furniture, musical instruments, staffs, and vases. The most exciting discovery was found in the final room: a stone sarcophagus with three nesting coffins inside. Two of the coffins were constructed of wood covered with hammered gold. The third was made of solid gold and held the preserved mummy of King Tutankhamun.
After the Discovery
Lord Carnarvon’s death two months after finding King Tut led to widespread rumors that those who entered the tombs were cursed, a legend that continues today. The treasures found within the tomb were displayed in a traveling exhibit in the 1960s and ’70s, but most now remain permanently housed in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum.
Learn more about King Tut’s Tomb through historical newspapers from our archives. Explore newspaper articles, headlines, images, and other primary sources below.
Articles and Clippings about King Tut’s Tomb
News of the discovery of King Tut's tomb Thu, Nov 30, 1922 – Page 5 · Vancouver Daily World (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) · Newspapers.comDescription of some of the artifacts found in Tut's tomb early on Fri, Dec 1, 1922 – Page 1 · The New York Times (New York, New York, New York, United States of America) · Newspapers.comBrief summary of Howard Carter's search for Tut's tomb Fri, Dec 22, 1922 – Page 2 · The New York Times (New York, New York, New York, United States of America) · Newspapers.comPhoto of the entrance to King Tut's tomb, 1922 Wed, Dec 27, 1922 – 2 · Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States of America) · Newspapers.comImages of some of the artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb Thu, Mar 1, 1923 – 7 · Abbeville Herald (Abbeville, Alabama, United States of America) · Newspapers.comSome believe Lord Carnarvon's illness may be linked to ancient curse Wed, Mar 21, 1923 – Page 2 · St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America) · Newspapers.comPharaoh's curse allegedly strikes Lord Carnarvon Wed, Mar 21, 1923 – Page 1 · The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States of America) · Newspapers.comPhotograph of Lord Carnarvon (left) and Howard Carter (right) Thu, Apr 12, 1923 – Page 1 · The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States of America) · Newspapers.comKing Tut's mummy is removed from the sarcophagus Fri, Nov 13, 1925 – Page 11 · The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) · Newspapers.comPhoto of Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt Fri, Mar 3, 1939 – 1 · The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States of America) · Newspapers.comDeath of Howard Carter; Obituary says "he survived the curse" Mon, Mar 6, 1939 – Page 6 · Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, Broome, New York, United States of America) · Newspapers.comRumors of a curse on King Tut's tomb linger, 1972 Sun, Sep 10, 1972 – 134 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America) · Newspapers.com"Dangerous bacteria raid King Tut's tomb," 1988 Fri, Nov 25, 1988 – Page 1 · Statesman Journal (Salem, Marion, Oregon, United States of America) · Newspapers.comFake King Tut artifacts, including death mask, are part of scam, 1991 Sun, Mar 3, 1991 – 17 · The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States of America) · Newspapers.comOverview of history of King Tut and his tomb Sat, Nov 1, 1997 – 17 · The Signal (Santa Clarita, California, United States of America) · Newspapers.comCT scan on King Tut's mummy offers clues about his death, 2006 Tue, Nov 28, 2006 – 3 · The Billings Gazette (Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com"DNA tests to study mummy fetuses in King Tut tomb," 2008 Fri, Aug 8, 2008 – Page 4 · The Star-Democrat (Easton, Talbot, Maryland, United States of America) · Newspapers.comRenovations of King Tut's tomb nearly completed, 2018 Wed, Mar 28, 2018 – A7 · The Herald-Palladium (Saint Joseph, Berrien, Michigan, United States of America) · Newspapers.com