What Is That Header Image?

It’s the unbroken seal of the second shrine holding the sarcophagi of Tutankhamun. Untouched for 3,245 years, it was discovered by Howard Carter in 1923 and photographed by Harry Burton before being cut.

It’s not unusual to find ancient rope still intact. We have examples going back almost 30,000 years.

Howard Carter peers into the shrines holding the sarcophagi of Tutankhamun

Howard Carter peers into the shrines holding the sarcophagi of Tutankhamun

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