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New evidence suggests Howard Carter stole King Tut relics

By T.K. Randall
August 14, 2022 · Comment icon 5 comments

Carter may have taken more from the tomb than he was entitled to. Image Credit: Jon Bodsworth
A previously unpublished letter seems to support the idea that the tomb's discoverer made off with some of its contents.
There are few names in archaeology as famous as Howard Carter - the man who, in 1922, headed up the team who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

Over the years, however, the Egyptians have become increasingly suspicious that Carter may have helped himself to some of the tomb's relics before the vault was officially opened.

While evidence of this has been somewhat thin on the ground, a previously unpublished letter sent to him in 1934 could serve to prove his guilt once and for all.

Written by leading philologist Sir Alan Gardiner, the letter concerns an amulet that Carter had given him as compensation for translating some hieroglyphics.
When Gardiner had showed the amulet to the British director of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, he learned that the artefact was "undoubtedly stolen from the tomb of Tutankhamun."

"I deeply regret having been placed in so awkward a position," he told Carter in the letter.

"I naturally did not tell Engelbach that I obtained the amulet from you."

The letter would seem to confirm that Carter did indeed steal from the tomb.

Exactly how many items he took, however, remains unclear.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by MissJatti 2 years ago
Well I wouldn't be suprised
Comment icon #2 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
But can authorities get them back...?  It's not a life-or-death struggle in my eyes. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Orphalesion 2 years ago
Can we stop calling the poor guy "King Tut"?  It sounds incredibly stupid and comes off as provincial and possibly Eurozentric. I mean nobody call Cleopatra "Queen Patty" either... 
Comment icon #4 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
This "Queen Patty" will serve well the next time Patterson-Gimlin footage is discussed.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Orphalesion 2 years ago
Don't forget to give me credit 

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