November 4: Tutankhamun’s Tomb

Carter TutToday, Tutankhamun is one of Egypt’s best known pharaohs, however the boy king was actually forgotten soon after his death. As such, the location of “King Tut’s” tomb was also forgotten, which kept grave robbers from raiding the site and led to Howard Carter discovering what is perhaps the best preserved Egyptian tomb on this day in 1922.

In 1907, while working on an excavation of another tomb, archaeologists discovered a small site filled with artifacts upon which Tutankhamun’s name was written. However, at the time it was wrongly assumed that this was the extent of Tutankhamun’s burial site. By the mid-1910s, it was assumed that everything that could be found in the Valley of the Kings had already been found.

However, British Egyptologist Howard Carter, and his patron Lord Carnarvon, believed that there might be more Tutankhamun artifacts to be found. So, Carter and a team of diggers returned to an old dig site and got to work. From 1915 to 1922, Carter would lead many expeditions to the Valley of the Kings, but it was on November 4, 1922 that a member of Carter’s team discovered a carved rock step under the sand. Carter and his crew began to focus on that spot, unearthing a stone staircase that led to a sealed doorway.

Over the next month, Carter and his team, now joined by Carnarvon, would unearth an antechamber covered in paintings and gold, and soon notice a sealed door to another chamber. So, on November 28, 1922 Carter, Carnavon and Carnarvon’s daughter Lady Evelyn Herbert would become the first people in over 3000 to enter the tomb of Tutankhamun. The burial chamber would be excavated in February of 1923, but it was not until October of 1925 that the final cover of Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus was removed and that the mummified remains of Tutankhamun were found.

Foolishly, I already gave you the recipe for a King Tut cocktail back when we talked about Steve Martin, so instead today we shall be making a cocktail simply called The Mummy. I honestly could not find any information about this drink’s history or why it would be called The Mummy. That said, it is a nice twist on the Vodka Collins.

The Mummy

  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 1 ounce Triple Sec
  • 1 tablespoon lemon Juice
  • club soda

Shake the vodka, triple sec and lemon juice with ice and then strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Top with club soda.

Tomorrow: The fifth of November.

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