Mystery box found in Tutankhamun’s cursed tomb opened for first time on camera

A mysterious box found in the cursed tomb of King Tutankhamun has been opened for the first time on camera.

The exquisite chest belonged to the ancient Egyptian pharaoh's wife, who was also his half-sister, in the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of the Nile.

The site, containing 63 tombs, was not excavated until 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter, under Lord Carnarvon, and the linen closet is believed to be King Tut's wife's only artefact that still exists.

Archaeologists are preparing thousands of treasures, including this 3,500-year-old chest, for an exhibition in Cairo Museum.


Historian Bethany Hughes is seen suggesting opening the chest on her Channel 5 show, 'Egypt's Greatest Treasures'.

She asks archaeologist Dr Essa Zidan: "I think it looks like a linen chest, could we open it?

"This is a box that has never been filmed before or opened and the doctor just offered to open it for us."



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