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Tutankhamun's Treasures Come To London

November 16 2007

In 1922 an English archaeologist called Howard Carter unearthed a tomb in Ancient Egypt that made headlines around the world.

Many of the glorious treasures he discovered that day, arranged around the mummy of a young pharaoh called Tutankhamun, are now on show in London.

Shows detail from Tutankhamun's ornate gold coffinette inlaid with precious stones.

Tutankahmun ruled Egypt from 1332BC to 1324BC - that's more than three thousand years ago. He was only nine when he became pharaoh and died when he was eighteen.

Can you imagine ruling a vast empire aged nine? Scary thought huh?

Tutankhamun's celebrity status these days is really down to his amazing tomb, more than anything he did in his lifetime. When Carter and his team found it in the Valley of the Kings they were astonished.

This incredible picture shows a tiny gold canopic jar made to look like a coffin. It held the king's mummified liver.

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Unlike many other ancient tombs, Tutankhamun's burial chamber was intact when discovered in 1922. It hadn't been disturbed by grave robbers and was full of beautiful treasures to help the young king along in the afterlife.

You can see Tutankhamun's golden crown in the exhibition, along with many more precious artefacts from the tomb. Here's the crown... can you see any creatures in the design?

Tutankhamun's mummified body and his famous golden death mask are too valuable to bring over from Egypt though, they've stayed at home in a museum in Cairo.

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Shows a delicate golden crown, inlaid with jewels and decorated with serpents.

Shows a close-up of a golden dagger sheath decorated with plants and animals.

This picture is a close-up of a dagger sheath found wrapped up in the bandages swaddling Tutankhamun. The detail is amazing... look at those fierce animals!

As well as Tutankhamun's treasures, you can also see artefacts from several other Egyptian royals including Amenhotep II, Thutmose IV, Yuya and Tuyu.

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Our last pic shows a more informal statue of the young pharaoh. He's wearing a simple shirt and looks relaxed. This is made from painted, carved wood.

The exhibition is called Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs and is on at London's O2 until August 30 2008.

If you can't get to London to see the treasures, don't worry. You can find out lots about Ancient Egypt online. Start off on our Ancient Civilisations page which has our pick of the best games, makes and info sites from museums and galleries.

Shows a bust of a young Egyptian man.

If you do visit the show, email or write and tell us what you thought. Did you enjoy it? What was your favourite object? Did you like the way the exhibition was displayed? Looking forward to hearing from you...

All pictures on this page courtesy of and © Andreas F.Voegelin, Antikenmuseum Basel and Sammlung Ludwig.

Anra Kennedy