King Tutankamun's Tomb
The Luxor, Las Vegas

Howard Carter had already spent several seasons unsuccessfully searching for a royal tomb in the Valley of the Kings when in 1922 his sponsor, rich English nobleman Lord Carnarvon, decided to stop funding the expedition. Time was running short for Carter who desperately needed a big sensational discovery. He had only one chance left and, putting everything on one card, started to dig at the only place he had not looked before.

The legend suggests that on November 4, merely by chance, the youngest of his native helpers discovered stone steps leading into the ground. Carter excavated a stair leading to a walled up door that still bore intact seals. He then knew that he was facing the discovery of his life, but had to wait for his sponsor to come from England to witness the opening of the tomb.

It must have been endless days for Carter. When Carnarvon finally arrived, they cut a small hole in the wall and put a candle through it. The hole was so small that only one person could see the inside at a time. Carter peeped through the hole and remained silent for some long minutes. When Carnarvon finally could not stand the tension any longer he asked Carter if he could see anything. And Carter replied: "Yes, I can see wonderful things".


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