Why Was Tutankhamun’s Tomb so Important?

Because King Tutankhamun’s tomb was sealed and mostly intact when it was found by Howard Carter, historians and archaeologists were able to learn more about the 18th Dynasty, mummification practices and the vast wealth of Egypt during this time. Similarly, scientists also studied King Tut’s mummy. Robbers were not able to find the tomb because it was well hidden under rock and mud from previous floods.

King Tutankhamun was born around 1341 B.C.E. Although he was a minor Egyptian ruler, the discovery of his tomb made him famous. He died at the age of 18. In 1922, Howard Carter found the tomb. The finds inside this four-room tomb included the stone sarcophagus, mummified remains, gold coffin and thousands of other artifacts.