November 1922: The Discovery of King Tutankhamun’s Tomb in Pictures

In November 1922, Egyptologist and archaeologist Howard Carter and his team discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, the boy king who ruled Egypt from around 1332 to 1323 BC.

At first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flame to flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold — everywhere the glint of gold.

The colorized photos in the slideshow above document the astounding find.

Images: HARRY BURTON (C) THE GRIFFITH INSTITUTE, OXFORD. COLORIZED BY DYNAMICHROME FOR THE EXHIBITION “THE DISCOVERY OF KING TUT” IN NEW YORK
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