Tutankhamun discovery was 'result of persistence'

19th Feb 2013

Without the persistence and determination of the British archaeologists who discovered and opened Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt, the pharaoh might still not have been found, a descendant of one of the explorers has suggested.

The current Earl of Carnarvon, George Herbert, said the discovery would not have been possible without the perseverance of his ancestor, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter. He said the pair displayed "determined and stoic behaviour" when they led a team to the tomb despite challenging conditions in the desert in Egypt.

Lord Carnarvon, who is the eight earl, spoke out to mark 90 years since the tomb was uncovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings on February 16, 1923. He said many holidaymakers who pay a trip to the site in Luxor forget about how essential the find was to forming our knowledge of Ancient Egypt and its culture.

He said the two men, who were the first to see the teenage king's sarcophagus since the tomb was sealed 3,000 years earlier, made an "extraordinary contribution to humanity's understanding of the ancient world".

And he said if they hadn't managed to find it, there is "every chance it would not have been discovered by today".

Tutankhamun died in mysterious circumstances in 1323 BC at the age of 19.


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