On This Day…

King Tutankhamen

February 16, 1923

The boy king’s burial chamber is unsealed by archaeologist Howard Carter. There he found King Tutankhamen‘s sarcophagus. Carter had discovered the tomb the previous November. Several weeks after discovering the tomb, Carter and Lord Carnarvon, who financed the excavation, looked into the tomb. Lord Carnarvon died five months later due to an infected mosquito bite, leading many to speculate, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, that his death was caused by protections created by Tutankhamen’s priests to guard the royal tomb.