The discovery of the Tomb
King Tut Ankh Amon’s tomb remained undisturbed for more than 3,000 years until it was unearthed in November 1922 by Howard Carter, an amateur archeologist commissioned by the English nobleman Lord Carnarvon to find it. Carter’s discovery was due largely to luck; having exhausted a number of other leads, he finally decided to dig in a rocky patch of ground between the tombs of three other pharaohs. Three feet under the soil he found the first of a series of 16 steps, which led down to a sealed stone door. Markings on the door confirmed that it was a royal tomb. Realizing what he had discovered, Carter ordered the steps buried again, and wired Lord Carnarvon in London to join him.
Three weeks later, Carnarvon arrived and digging resumed. The first stone door was opened, revealing a 30-foot-long passageway leading to a second stone door. Carter opened the second door and, peeking into the darkness with the light of a single candle, was greeted by an amazing sight—two entire rooms stuffed with priceless gold artifacts that had not seen the light of day for more than 30 centuries. The room was so crammed with statues, chariots, furniture, and other objects that it took two full months to catalog and remove items in the first room alone. Tut Ankh Amon’s body lay in a solid gold coffin in the next room; the gold coffin was itself encased inside three other coffins, which rested inside a huge golden shrine that took up nearly the entire room.
The discovery of the site was hailed as “the greatest find in the annals of archeology.” Unlike other tombs, Tut Ankh Amon’s was almost completely undisturbed by grave robbers; its hundreds of artifacts provided a glimpse of ancient Egyptian cultural life that had never been seen before.
In the year 1922, Howard Carter had the original Atlantis ring in his posession, when he did the probably most spectacular discovery of the 20th century, as he opened the grave of Tut Ankh Amon. Lord Carnarvon was exited with the discovery, after all he paid for the job, and Howard Carter worked for him. Lord Carnarvon however couldn’t enjoy the discovery for long. He died shortly afterwards, through a very mysterious incident. The same happened with a number of others involved in opening the grave. Was there a curse taking effect? Howard Carter lived for a lot of years afterwards. The reason was probably the Atlantis ring that was in his possession, he admitted later