When Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb in 1922, he knew he had just stumbled upon something that would definitely get the world’s attention. And he wasn’t wrong.
More than nine decades later, King Tut’s name has risen to prominence and his tomb has attracted millions of tourist since its discovery.
Buried deep in three concentric coffins laid King Tut’s mummified body and some other artifacts buried with him.
Since its discovery in 1922, the King’s body has been moved out of the coffin and placed in his tomb under standardized conditions for public viewing. The two innermost coffins were also moved to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and put on display for public viewing.
But what has remained in the same position since the tomb’s discovery is King Tut’s outermost coffin.
The coffin is the largest of the three coffins, made of wood and covered in gold and several semiprecious stones, the coffin is a symbol of the wealth of the ancient Egyptian kings.
While the other two innermost coffins were moved after Howard Carter discovered the tomb in 1922, the outermost coffin has remained in the tomb and was finally moved in July 2019 for restoration of the coffin.
The State Of The Coffin
Egypt’s Antiquities Minster Khaled el-Anany confirmed the state of the coffin when quizzed about the initial condition of the coffin. He said:
“The coffin is in a very bad condition, very deteriorated. We found many cracks, we found missing parts and missing layers.”
The heat and humidity inside the tomb are responsible for the damage to the coffin, and experts say about 30% of the coffin has been damaged.
However, restoration of the coffin has started and it would take about eight months for the coffin to be completely restored.
The Outermost Coffin Was Left For 97 Years After The Tomb’s Discovery
Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 after it had been buried in pebbles for over 3,300 years in The Valley Of The Kings.
King Tut was buried in 3 concentric coffins put inside one another; the innermost coffin is made of pure gold while the outer coffins made of wood, covered in gold and other semiprecious stones.