Ancient Egypt

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 The Discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb for Kids Tutankhamen

Sunday, November 5.

The steps led down to what looked like the top part of a door ........ a sealed door made of brick and plaster.

Can you see the top part of the door?

How did Carter know that the tomb belonged to a king?

Carter knew they were in luck when he noticed that the plaster coating on the stone doorway was embedded with a special stamp that was only used on royal tombs. This meant that the door would lead to the tomb of a very important person.

Why did Carter think that no one had entered the tomb since Tunkahamun's body had been layed there?

Extract from Howards Carters Diary:

"'Towards sunset we had cleared down to the level of the 12th step, which was sufficient to expose a large part of the upper portion of a plastered and sealed doorway. Here before us was sufficient evidence to show that it really was an entrance to a tomb, and by the seals, to all outward appearances that it was intact."

To protect the find Carter ordered his workmen to cover the steps. He didn't want anyone else to find the tomb.

As anxious as he was to enter the tomb, Carter decided to wait for Carnarvon to arrive from England, so he too could witness the opening of the tomb.

But whose tomb was it?

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