An Egyptologist has revealed a ‘long-kept truth’ about Tutankhamun’s riches.
AN EGYPTIAN archaeologist has revealed a “long-standing secret” of Tutankhamun’s wealth, revealing an extraordinary insight into how the ancient civilisation was governed 3,000 years ago.
The 18th Dynasty king, known lovingly as King Tut, is possibly the most recognized name in ancient Egypt. Experts believe the “Boy King’s” father was Pharaoh Akhenaten, whose mummy was discovered in tomb KV55 – across the road in the Valley of the Kings – when he inherited the kingdom at the age of eight. Some have speculated that Tutankhamun’s mother was Nefertiti, Akhenaten’s Great Royal Wife, and that the two reigned together during one of Egypt’s wealthiest times.
During Odyssey’s “The Valley Of Kings: The Egyptian Golden Age,” Egyptologist Professor Joann Fletcher explained how specialists are still learning more.
“His wealth was the most renowned archaeological find of all time, uncovered by Howard Carter in 1922,” she continued.
“Tutankhamun’s mask is the essence of ancient Egypt, so well-known, yet so many of his riches conceal a long-hidden mystery.
“I’ve come to the Griffith Institute at Oxford University to look at the most detailed details of his interment.
“These are the original negatives shot by Howard Carter’s photographer at every stage of the 10-year excavation, captured on exquisite glass slides.
“Because this is the linen shroud, they reveal Tutankhamun’s burial in a way that is rarely seen.”
Prof. Fletcher received a firsthand look at the photographs depicting the condition of his tomb and sarcophagi when they were discovered 100 years ago.
“It appears that the embalmers have just finished, and the family has laid their wreaths and floral tributes before the lid was put on,” she stated.
“Wow, what a privilege to witness this in black and white.
“Despite his reputed wealth, Tutankhamun was a relatively inconsequential pharaoh in life, but his early demise after only a decade as ruler provided Karnak’s priests with the opportunity to annihilate Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and the Amarna period features.
“These incredible photographs of his buried treasure show how they did it.”
However, while studying a depiction of his famed golden throne, where he is represented with his wife Ankhesenamun, Prof Fletcher said how research revealed that “all is not as it seems.”
“Look at the back of the queen’s head where her wig was initially, it’s been slightly chopped down.”Brinkwire Summary News,” she continued.