One of the two life sized statues guards Tutankhamen, which stood on each side of the sealed entrance to the burial chamber of the tomb 3,000 years ago. – Egyptian Pharaoh
In 2008, a team began DNA research on Tutankhamen and the mummified remains of other members of his family. The results from the DNA samples indicated that his father was Akhenaten,
Relics from Tutankhamen’s tomb are among the most traveled artifacts in the world. They have been to many countries, but probably the best-known exhibition tour was The Treasures of Tutankhamun tour, which ran from 1972 to 1979. This exhibition was first shown in London at the British Museum from 30 March until 30 September 1972. More than 1.6 million visitors saw the exhibition, some queuing for up to eight hours. It was the most popular exhibition in the Museum’s history. The exhibition moved on to many other countries, including the USA, USSR, Japan, France, Canada, and West Germany. The Metropolitan Museum of Art organized the U.S. exhibition, which ran from 17 November 1976 through 15 April 1979. More than eight million attended.
5,398 items were found in the tomb, including a solid gold coffin, face mask, thrones, archery bows, trumpets, a lotus chalice, food, wine, sandals, and fresh linen underwear. Howard Carter took 10 years to catalog the items. Recent analysis suggests a dagger recovered from the tomb had an iron blade made from a meteorite; study of artifacts of the time including other artifacts from Tutankhamen’s tomb could provide valuable insights into metalworking technologies around the Mediterranean at the time.