Egyptian Government Typed Letter Pertaining to the Climactic Highlight of the Excavation of King Tut's Tomb -- ''...the stone sarcophagus of Tut-ankh-amen is not to be opened...''

Letter from the Egyptian government outlining protocol for the opening of King Tut's sarcophagus. Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tut in 1922 and conducted its entire excavation and emptying of artifacts, which were transported to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, a vast undertaking completed over the course of 8 years. Here, on 12 January 1924 as the excavation nears the piece de resistance, the actual sarcophagus containing King Tut's mummy, the Minster of Public Works in Egypt, Abdul Hamid Solimar, writes to the Director General of the Antiquities Department, M.P. Lacau, forbidding even one opening of the sarcophagus unless Solimar is present. Typed letter reads in full, ''Sir, In continuation of our conversation on the 6th instant, Please instruct Mr. Carter and Mr. Englebach that the stone sarcophagus of Tut-ankh-amen is not to be opened for the first time except in my presence. When the removal of the outer sarcophagus has progressed as to enable the opening of the stone one to be proceeded with, work should be stopped and the matter reported so that I can proceed to Luxor. A week's notice should be given. Please notify Mr. Englebach that a great importance is attached to the matter and that he should under no circumstances allow of the opening until I have arrived.'' Letter labeled in type, ''Duplicate'' is nearly identical to another letter dated 12 January 1924, so letter likely dates to within a few days of the other. The following month the granite top piece of the sarcophagus was removed, but the actual mummy was housed in the innermost of several nesting coffins and wasn't exposed until 28 October 1925. Single-page letter measures 8.25'' x 13''. Staple punctures and a notation to upper corners, else near fine.

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Egyptian Government Typed Letter Pertaining to the Climactic Highlight of the Excavation of King Tut's Tomb -- ''...the stone sarcophagus of Tut-ankh-amen is not to be opened...''
Egyptian Government Typed Letter Pertaining to the Climactic Highlight of the Excavation of King Tut's Tomb -- ''...the stone sarcophagus of Tut-ankh-amen is not to be opened...''
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