From around 1333 B.C. to 1323 B.C., Egypt was ruled by a young pharaoh named Tutankhamen. When an Englishman named Howard Carter arrived in Egypt in 1891, the tombs of most pharaohs had already been unearthed. Almost all the archaeologists working in the Valley of the Kings thought it unlikely there would ever be another significant discovery, but Tutankhamen’s tomb was still unaccounted for and Carter was sure it was there. In 1914, his patron, George Herbert, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, financed his search for it, but the search went on for seven years and Carnarvon was ready to give up. Playing a hunch, Carter started work near the tomb of King Ramses VI and on November 4th, 1922, he found a set of stairs that led to a sealed door. On that door was the name Tutankhamen. And beyond it lay the most significant discovery in all Egypt. Though robbed once or twice in antiquity, Tutankhamen’s tomb still held over 3,500 treasures.
Celebrate the discovery by reading kids an account of it, or else one of Tutankhamen himself. There are numerous kids’ books on the subject, but some good choices are:
Tutankhamun by Gill Harvey (Usborne Young Reading Series 3)
Tutankhamun The Boy King by Jackie Gaff
You Wouldn’t Want To Be Cursed By King Tut! by Jacqueline Morley