The day Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered – level 2
We are in Egypt in the Valley of the Kings. It is a famous place where pharaohs lie in their tombs. It’s the beginning of the 20th century. People think that all the tombs are already discovered.
However, British archaeologist Howard Carter doesn’t agree. He tries to find another tomb. He works for 13 years, but he isn’t successful. Now he doesn’t have money and his time in Egypt is coming to an end. Then he is lucky.
One day, one of his workers discovers a small hole. Workers dig deeper and they find stairs which go down. There is a closed door at the end of the stairs. Nobody knows what’s behind that door.
On November 26, 1922, they make a small hole in the door. They look inside and see a room with many interesting objects. The objects are part of the tomb of Tutankhamun. He was a pharaoh and he was buried there three thousand years ago.
The tomb has 4 rooms. People start to clear the rooms one by one. They document all the objects. There are many objects in the rooms, so this work takes many months.
Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus is finally found in the last room. The sarcophagus is closed. When they open it, they find a coffin. The coffin is made of pure gold. The mummy of the pharaoh is inside.
Difficult words: valley (an area between two mountains), pharaoh (a boss of ancient Egypt), tomb (a stone structure where a dead person is buried), however (but), dig (to make a hole in the ground), document (to write down, to record), sarcophagus (a stone box for a dead body), coffin (a long box for a dead person), mummy (a dead body which is wrapped in special cloth).
What do you think the team found in the other three rooms of the tomb of Tutankhamun?
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