The Seal On The Third Shrine Of Tutankhamun's Tomb, Untouched For 32 Centuries

The Seal On The Third Shrine Of Tutankhamun's Tomb, Untouched For 32 Centuries

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This gelatin-silver print taken by photographer Harry Burton in January, 1923 shows an unbroken seal featuring the jackal god Anubis on the doors of the third shrine within Tutankhamun's tomb, untouched for over 3,245 years.

Due to a fortunate lower location within the Valley of the Kings, the entrance to King Tut's tomb (also known as KV62) was hidden relatively quickly by mud and stones from flooding, as well as man-made structures built above it.  Even with two instances of grave robbery shortly after Tutankhamun's burial in 1323 BC, this lucky series of events preserved a majority of the tomb's contents until its discovery on November 4, 1922 by Egyptologist Howard Carter and his financial backer Lord Carnarvon.

A Close-Up Detail Of Henry II's Ceremonial Armor, ca. 1555.

A Close-Up Detail Of Henry II's Ceremonial Armor, ca. 1555.