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Tutankhamun's Treasure

When Howard Carter first discovered Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 he unlocked around 5000 stunning treasures that had been hidden underground for thousands of years.



Dagger:


Inside the burial wrappings of Tutankhamun himself, Carter found a pair of daggers. Both were stunning artifacts, but one of them was particularly unusual - the iron used to create the dagger contained a large percentage of nickel.


After many years of research, scientists have finally discovered were the iron from this dagger came from;


It came from a meteorite!

Mind blown!



Armour:


A 3000 year old tunic of armour was discovered at Tutankhamun's tomb, made up of small leather 'scales' that interlocked (similar to those shown in the image) to protect the wearer's skin from enemy attacks.


This armour was originally thought to be ceremonial. It may have never even been worn by Tutankhamun himself.


But on closer inspection, damage on the edges of the leather scales implies that Tutankhamun not only wore it, but actually fought battles in it! Was Tutankhamun a Warrior King after all?



Senet:


Tutankhamun was buried with five game boards. He used these to play games of Senet, a popular game played in Ancient Egypt where two players race their pieces across the squares to the finish.


Poorer Egyptian people would play Senet by scratching a grid into the sand, but wealthy Egyptians often had a board made specially for the game (similar to the one in the photo).


Some game boards were even reversible, with a Senet board on one side and a game Egyptologists have called Twenty Squares on the other.



Packed Lunch:


It's a long journey to the afterlife and it's important to take some food for the road. So Tutankhamun's embalmers made sure to prepare a packed lunch.


No, sadly this was not a packed lunch like we know it, with sandwiches and crisps. Tutankhamun's lunch included 48 boxes of mummified meats, such as duck and beef. The meats would be dried with salt, bandaged and covered in resins like human mummies. Yum.



Further Reading:

Tutankhamun - Pharaoh Profile

How Did Tutankhamun Die? - Myth Buster

An Interview With Howard Carter

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