Egypt is a haven to the most precious source of archaeological treasures on the planet. Tutankhamun’s Treasures is a forty-four minutes episode part of the Lost Treasures of Egypt series by National Geographic. This documentary series is a dramatic discovery across Egypt on the front line of archaeology through a whole season of excavations. Analyzing beneath the desert landscape and pyramids, revealing long lost tombs and unearthing 3000-year-old mummies, the world’s top archaeologists track to disclose the mysteries of this ancient civilization in Egypt.

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In this episode, Egyptologists unlock the secrets of Egypt’s most well-known pharaoh, Tutankhamun. King Tutankhamun, also known as the ‘boy king,’ became ruler of Ancient Egypt when he was just nine years old, who later had an unexpected death at the age of nineteen. With the help of cutting-edge technology, the episode reveals the practices of the master craftsmen who built Tutankhamun’s treasures. 

The show takes a glance under the bandages of a 3000-year-old child-mummy, exposing unexpected evidence. While Aliaa Ismail and her team on the search for Tutankhamun’s lost quarry makes a surprising find in the secluded cliffs hidden for thousands of years in the City of the Dead.

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The episode shows a comprehensive visual description of the further investigation of Tutankhamun’s tomb discovered by British explorer Howard Carter. The illustration exhibits the unexpected finds and remarkable discoveries inside the intact tomb, with the latest research pieces of equipment revealing unusual markings. 

The documentary investigates to reveal how Tutankhamun’s resting place remained hidden for so long and unlooted with invaluable discovery elaborately gilded with gold in a 4000-year-old tomb. 

The documentary talks about Qubbet el-Hawa, which is one of the largest ancient burial sites in Egypt. The largest foreign research team headed by Professor Alejandro Jimenez-Serrano have discovered 100 tombs here. The tombs belong to the nobles who reigned Egypt hundreds of years before the Pharaohs were buried in the Valley of the Kings. Alejandro’s mission is to seek more unopened tombs and unveil more about these early Egyptians. These discoveries led to delicate pieces packed in a wooden box of Howard Carter original inventories found in Tutankhamun’s tomb that remained missing for a few decades to come. Reports show that the box was sent to Luxor in 1973 but had gone missing, presumed lost or stolen. 

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Ever since Carter’s exploration of Tutankhamun’s invaluable golden treasures, excavators have proceeded to try and figure out where and how the ancient Egyptians discovered enormous amounts of gold. On the edge of the Eastern Desert fifty miles south of the Valley of the Kings, French gold expert Thomas Faucher and archaeologist John Ward are on the hunt for the origins of Tutankhamun’s gold. The show explains the adventures of Thomas, who studied ancient gold mining techniques for seven years and his quest for the evidence of the people behind Tutankhamun’s gold mining operations.

One can also watch the dramatic transportation plight with a volatile secure thermal covering of the priceless treasures that are vulnerable to hijacks being moved from the excavation sites to 300 miles north in Giza safely. In the shadow of the pyramids, the biggest treasure haul in history is getting a new home, a one-billion-dollar museum and a research centre. When equipped, the Grand Egyptian Museum will reunite all of Tutankhamun’s treasures in one place, for the first time in 100 years. 

Having all of the pieces from the tomb of Tutankhamun together in one place will be a fantastic chance to find new facts, new hidden things about Tutankhamun. The episode showcases all the artefacts analysed, allowing some details to reappear and give us new information about these antiquities with conservation methodologies up close.

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In the Valley, Egyptologists discovered how Tutankhamun’s tomb and treasures remained hidden for 3,000 years. The series illustrates the ancient engineers of Tutankhamun’s tomb plan and how they went to great lengths to conceal the tomb inside the mountains. This interesting series is worth a watch for its visual representation of the construction methods by the ancient engineers and the evolution of the rock with hidden clues unravelling the reason behind it. 

This series is engaging and discovery led following an international team of Egyptologists in Valley of the Kings with unprecedented access to the teams on the front line of archaeology battling searing heat and uninhabitable terrain to make the discoveries of a lifetime. 

Exploring the most sheltered Tutankhamun’s tomb and the unexpected discoveries around it, explains the ten years of fieldwork research saved from historical and modern theft. The team unveils the discoveries and revise the history of the golden King Tutankhamun, continuing to surprise the world with discoveries through the century. 

Tutankhamun’s Treasures, part of the Lost Treasures of Egypt series, gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what’s possible, as promised by National Geographic. 

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Spoorthi Nagaraj is a freshly graduated architect who is intrigued about urban studies and sociology. She is an architect by the day and a writer by the night. Her passion towards equity, resilience and sustenance is what flows through the content she writes.

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