Watch Tutankhamun’s Tomb Come To Life When Seen in Color For The First Time

Of course you know about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. You have seen the pictures taken by Harry Burton. However, have you ever seen them in COLOR?

After a 15-year search and not far from giving up, archaeologist Howard Carter finally discovered the 3,000-year-old burial chambers. The black-and-white photographs predominated the news for months. This week, on the 93rd anniversary of the discovery, the pictures are being presented in color for the first time ever.


Tutankhamun’s impressive burial mask. At the time his tomb was unveiled, very little was known about the boy king who died aged 19.


Tutankhamun’s burial chamber is among the best preserved ever discovered.


Carter recalls not seeing much else other than dust when first entering the tombs: “But presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold—everywhere the glint of gold.”


Documenting the whole process of discovery, Harry Burton was sent by the Metropolitan Museum as the excavation photographer. From then on, he was called ‘Carter’s eye and memory’.


Lord Carnarvon (on the right) and Howard Carter taking a picture outside the burial chambers. Apparently, Lord Carnarvon, financier of the excavation, had threatened to quit the funding just shortly before Carter finally discovered the tomb.


The colorised images will be an essential part of an exhibition in New York by the name ‘The Discovery of King Tut’.

The treasures found in ‘King Tut’s’ tomb have traveled all around the world by now.


The king was found buried with two stillborn children and his passing ended the Thutmosid family line.


After Tutankhamun had passed, his adviser Ay married the king’s widow and then lost a war to the Hittites.

Late analysis in 2013 suggested that Tutankhamun was the son of Nefertiti, who was also his cousin. This line of  incestuous parentage might be the reason for some the king’s physical malformations. However, these suggestions have yet to be proven.


In 1923, Lord Carnarvon suffered from a mosquito bite which then got infected by a razor cut. Unfortunately he died one month after the infection.