Long-lost box with artifacts from King Tut’s tomb found


Experts have recently revealed a box filled with objects that had been recovered a long time ago from King Tut’s Tomb.

It contained pieces of a miniature model boat, buried with Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The boat was meant for king Tuts fishing trips in the afterlife, say experts.

Image: The newly rediscovered mast and boat pieces belonged to the boat in the foreground, meant for King Tut’s afterlife. Image Credit: Luxor Museum

Howard Carter packed the box, containing a number of ancient Egyptian items. Carter, a British archaeologist, discovered and first opened the tomb of the Pharaoh in 1922.

The artifacts were discovered tucked away in the storeroom at the Luxor Museum, by the museum’s director of archaeology and information, Mohamed Atwa, according to Live Science.

“It’s the most exciting discovery in my career,” Atwa revealed in a statement. “It’s amazing that after all these years we still have new discoveries and new secrets for this golden king, Tutankhamun.”

Atwa found the box while preparing an exhibition for the Great Egyptian Museum (built next to the Pyramids), which will open in Giza next year.

It contained a wooden mast, a rigging set and a miniature wooden head covered with gold leaf, all wrapped in a newspaper dated Sunday, November 5, 1933.

According to the archives of the museum, the box was believed lost since 1973.

Tutankhamun ruled of the land of the Pyramids between 1341 and 1323 B.C., and was a teenager when he died.

The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings was a milestone in the history of Egyptology that soon was surrounded by legends and enigmas.

The last of the mysteries surrounding the tomb of Tutankhamun was unveiled in 2018, when a study ruled out the existence of hidden chambers inside the tomb, discarding the hypothesis that Nefertiti might be buried next to the “child pharaoh.”

Tutankhamun was the son of Akhenaten (formerly Amenhotep IV) and one of Akhenaten’s sisters or cousins.

As a prince, Tutankhamun was referred to as Tutankhaten.

When taking the throne, Tutankhamun married his half-sister, Ankhesenpaaten, who later changed her name to Ankhesenamun.

After a few years of rule, Tutankhamun decided to reverse several changes made during his father’s reign.

With suggestions coming from his advisors, King Tut ended the worship of the god Aten (implemented by Akhenaten) and restored the god Amun to supremacy.

The ban on the cult of Amun was also lifted, monotheism forced on the people of ancient Egypt by Akhenaten was canceled out, and traditional privileges were restored to its priesthood.

The capital of ancient Egypt was moved back to Thebes, and the city of Amarna (built by Akhenaten) was eventually abandoned.

 


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