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Why was King Tut's tomb such an amazing archaeological find?
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  1. King Tutankhamen, a boy king who reigned from around 1361 B.C. until his death at the age of 18, was a pharaoh in the 18th Dynasty of Egypt. His tomb, located in the Valley of Kings, was discovered in 1922, and aside from taking the archaeological community by storm, the find caused increased fascination with archaeology among the general public. With its 2,000 treasures, King Tut's tomb was the richest Egyptian tomb that had ever been discovered; it allowed archaeologists and historians to see for the first time many artifacts that they had previously only read about. Archaeologist Howard Carter from Britain discovered the tomb with financing from the Earl of Carnarvon. Tutankhamen's treasures had lain intact for more than 3,000 years.

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