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One Hundred Years of Tut

Today marks the centennial anniversary of the beginning of the excavation of King Tut's tomb by British archeologist Howard Carter. Buried under shifting sands—and hidden from looters and explorers—for nearly 3,000 years, the discovery was a worldwide sensation and renewed public interest in ancient Egypt.

King Tutankhamun, also known as the Boy King, assumed rule as pharaoh during the New Kingdom period (dynastic timelines) at age eight or nine. During his short reign, which lasted around 10 years, he made efforts to restore ancient Egypt's polytheistic religion and culture while beginning to restore existing monuments. His tomb contained more than 5,000 artifacts, providing an unprecedented look at royal burials and life during the period. See photos from the original excavation here.

The death of a handful of people connected with the excavation sparked rumors of a curse, while historians have focused on what was revealed about the young pharaoh's own health troubles.

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