First Night History, which scours the web for great history articles, has brought us a link to some truly eye-popping photos of the original discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb in the 1920s. I’m a sucker for old color photos, so naturally I was drawn to these! Originally appearing on Mashable, these pics are an absolute must-see for archaeology or ancient Egypt buffs. Having actually seen the real Tutankhamen artifacts with my own eyes, it’s really incredible to see what they looked like when they were brought out of the tomb.
Perhaps surprisingly, the mummy of King Tutankhamun remains exactly where it was discovered by Howard Carter, on Nov. 26, 1922 — in its tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.
That does not apply, however, to the thousands of objects that accompanied the boy king on his journey to the afterlife — objects which Carter famously described as “wonderful things” when he first peered into the tomb’s dark chambers by candlelight.
The painstaking — and sometimes back-breaking — work of recording, cataloging and then removing every object, one-by-one, began in…