The greatest find of all awaited deeper in the tomb. Inside the burial chamber, a huge stone coffin called a sarcophagus held three smaller coffins. The last one, made of solid gold, held King Tut’s mummy.
News of the discovery soon spread, creating a global sensation.
“For the first time, the world had an idea of the fantastic treasures that the kings of Egypt took with them to the next world,” explains Bob Brier, an expert on ancient Egypt.
Not long after entering Tut’s tomb, Lord Carnarvon died from an infected mosquito bite. As time passed, others involved with the tomb died too. Some said it was due to the “mummy’s curse”—anyone who disturbed a pharaoh’s tomb would be punished. But experts say the curse is a myth. After all, Carter lived for another 16 years after.
He and his team spent much of that time removing more than 5,000 items from the tomb. Many are in museums throughout the world.
Each year, more than a million people flock to Tut’s tomb. But, if not for Carter and his crew, the boy king might still remain unknown. “It may be the greatest archaeological discovery ever,” says Brier.