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Royal mummy in coffin is new treasure (1923)

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Royal mummy in coffin is new treasure

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Luxor, Egypt. Feb. 16 – The sarcophagus of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen was found when the inner chamber in his tomb was opened by the British archaeologists this afternoon.

Many articles of furniture also were in the mortuary chamber.

A large crowd of visitors and newspaper men had assembled early in the morning in anticipation of the unsealing. Before the work was started, impressions of the seals on the masonry were taken by the eminent British Egyptologists James H Breastead and Allen Gardiner.

The sarcophagus was enclosed in a huge canopy which alone has been opened so far.

The exploration revealed two chambers, each filled with splendid treasures.

Nations in tilt

Luxor, Egypt, Feb. 16. – An international tilt which probably will involve at least three powers is expected to take place before any decision can be reached as to the disposition of the $15,000,000 in ancient treasure brought to light through the opening of the tomb of King Tutankhamen here.

Before excavation was started several months ago, Lord Carnavon, an eminent British archaeologist, secured a concession from the newly established Egyptian government.

Carnavon, it seems, agreed that any tomb which contained a royal mummy and which had not been previously entered by robbers should remain the property of the Egyptian government.

Then Carnavon and Howard Carter, an American who has spent 33 years in Egyptian research, unearthed the vast treasure, buried more than 3000 years, in the midst of poverty and squalor.

Egypt claims it

This treasure, buried in the tomb of Tutankhamen, comes under that classification, and the Egyptian government has laid claim to it.

But pressure may be brought to bear by the British government to cause Egyptian officials to modify their stand. In that case, some of Tutankhamen’s treasures may find their way into American museums.

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What treasures are

Some of the treasures over which the dispute is waged are:

  • Three gilt life-size images of human beings.
  • Gilded heads of animals with eyes of jewels.
  • Carved couches inlaid with ivory and semi-precious stones.
  • Chests of ebony and ivory with gilt inscriptions, containing Tutankhamen’s finery.
  • Tutankhamen’s state throne, encrusted with jewels.
  • A heavy chair thickly set with turquoise, carnelian lapis, and other stones.
  • Two life-sized statues of the king with gold work.
  • Four chariots encrusted with semi-precious stones.
  • Exquisite boxes and alabaster vases.
  • Richly embroidered clothing of the king and queen.

The find could be sold for more than a dozen millions on the basis of its actual value alone, but its scientific and archaeological worth makes it absolutely priceless.

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