King Tut: The Discovery Of Ancient Egypt

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As Howard Carter once said, “It was a sight surpassing all precedent, and one we never dreamed of seeing.” When one thinks of Egypt, the first thing that most likely pops into an individual’s mind are pyramids and mummies, and frankly those are the two things that truly made Ancient Egypt one of a kind. The discovery of King Tut’s tomb was made by English archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter and his team through hard work and dedication, and due to their findings we, today, have the ability to take a look into the past. He and his team started the great search in 1891 right after World War I and finally met what they had been looking for in November 1922. Found in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the findings were an extremely important…show more content…
With the discovery of King Tut’s tomb came the realization that Egypt had been one of the finest and most advanced societies with the ability to create such beautiful tombs, preserve bodies, and to bury all that was important to one in the afterlife. By meeting the most important characteristics of civilization, it was evident that Ancient Egypt met all of the requirements of being a civility. There were social structures in which Pharaoh’s were at the top because they were considered to be gods, which of course also tied in with religion and the need to safely make it to the afterlife, hence Tutankhamen 's tomb. Without technology there would not have been any way of building such a secure and beautiful tomb at all and preserving dead bodies, and architecture used such technology to create the structures in the first place. From Pharaohs to slaves, all those on the social classes had some sort of job whether it meant to rule over an entire kingdom or serving the divine one. Inside King Tut’s tomb there had also been many hieroglyphics which depicted the young king’s life and his way to the underworld, which would have been the Egyptian’s form of writing. Additionally the king had to have ruled over some sort of city or kingdom, and so there had been cities. Finally, with art being the reason for many of the treasures found in the tomb, such as jewelry and gracefully painted items, there had also been an artform. All in all, the findings of the tomb helped to uncover the…show more content…
In conclusion, Howard Carter’s discovery not only helped to reveal how incredible mummies, tombs, and gold were, but much more about the society that the Ancient Egyptians lived in. Had King Tut’s tomb not been discovered, there would have been a great chance that today’s world would not have known of the advancements of the ancient world and how utterly amazing it had been. The discovery of the tomb had been extremely important, Egypt had met all of the requirements of civilization, and there was insight provided by Howard Carter that during King Tut’s reign there had been a certain social structure. Thanks to the curiosity of the great Englishman, we now have the evidence that Egypt was a well developed society and that King Tut had been one of the most fascinating kings of all
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