Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb
In light of the celebrations of Luxor's national anniversary, the Governor of Luxor, Dr Ezzat Saad has opened an exhibition showcasing rare photographs of the Karnak Temple on Sunday.The exhibition, held by the historian and Egyptian researcher, Francis
Ameen, recounts the details of discovering the treasures and the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty and a 1922 discovery by Howard Carter and George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon of Tutankhamun's nearly intact tomb received worldwide press coverage. It sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamun's burial mask remains the popular symbol. Exhibits of artifacts from his tomb have toured the world. In February 2010, the results of DNA tests confirmed that he was the son of Akhenaten.
He was buried in a tomb that was small relative to his status. His death may have occurred unexpectedly, before the completion of a grander royal tomb, so that his mummy was buried in a tomb intended for someone else. This would preserve the observance of the customary seventy days between death and burial. King Tutankhamun's mummy still rests in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. On November 4 2007, 85 years to the day after Carter's discovery, the 19-year-old pharaoh went on display in his underground tomb at Luxor, when the linen-wrapped mummy was removed from its golden sarcophagus to a climate-controlled glass box. The case was designed to prevent the heightened rate of decomposition caused by the humidity and warmth from tourists visiting the tomb
The Governor has also opened a book fair in Egypt’s General Library which will be opened until December 18 as well as a cultural conference where poets and writers of Luxor and Alexandria will participate. The conference will examine the role of literature in the change for the better.