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On This Day: King Tut's Tomb Discovered

Image: King Tut's sarcophagus
King Tut's Tomb Opened

It was on this day, November 26, 1922, that British archeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered Tutankhamen's tomb. They were the first living beings to look upon the teenage Pharaoh's burial sarcophagus in 3,000 years.

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Valley of the Kings
Their discovery sent the world into an ancient Egypt frenzy. People were captivated by the magnificence of King Tut's golden coffin. Stories of mummy curses spawned books, movies and comics. The 3,000-year-old boy king left us a legacy that still resonates throughout the world today, and will continue to do so for many generations to come.

First look at King Tut's tomb
Pharaoh Tutankhamen brought many of his possessions with him so that they could accompany him in the afterlife. The image on the right shows one of the rooms filled with King Tut's possessions. There were chariots, chests filled with treasures, beds and other furniture, and so much more.

By placing so many items in his tomb, Pharaoh Tutankhamen created a time capsule that allows us to understand his life, and the lives of those who lived in his day.

Question: If you could create your own time capsule that would be opened 3,000 years from today, what would you put inside?

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