With Carnarvon and other observers looking on, Carter drilled a small hole in the top corner of the doorway and placed a candle inside. Deep inside these lay a series of gold sarcophagi, at the heart of which lay the mummy of King Tut wearing his golden funerary mask. Davis was certain that there was nothing more to be found, so he gave up the concession. They complained to their ambassador, who demanded an apology from Carter. By early the next year its contents had been logged and removed, leaving just two statues guarding the door to another area, which Carter had a hunch must be the burial chamber. This photograph captures the early moments after Howard Cartered opened the king's solid gold coffin. British backer Lord Carnarvon wanted to call off the search for the lost tomb of Tutankhamun after six fruitless years of searching, but Howard Carter convinced him to stick it out for one more season—resulting in the 20th century's most famous find.
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