Tuesday May 30th, 2023
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ARCE Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary of Discovery of King Tut’s Tomb

The American Research Center in Egypt celebrated the centenary of the historic discovery with three days of festivities

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On November 4th, 1922, one of the most important discoveries in modern archaeology was made when a team of researchers and workers, led by British Egyptologist Howard Carter, uncovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. A century later, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) celebrated the 100-year anniversary of this historic discovery with three days of festivities, which included the opening of the newly conserved Carter House, a keynote speech by famous Egyptian archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, a gala event at the Luxor Temple, and the Centennial Tutankhamun Conference at the Sonesta St. George Hotel.

The Carter House is a historic home on Luxor's west bank, where Howard Carter would compile his notes and finalise his research. Now, that very same building has been reopened after a months-long conservation project funded by the United States Agency for International Development and the Adina Lei Savin Family Trust, and done in partnership with Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Visitors to the Carter House can now enjoy comprehensive information panels in English and Arabic with archival images that lend context to the discovery of King Tut's tomb, and the key figures involved, both Egyptian and foreign.

Under the patronage of H. E. Ahmed Issa, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, and in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, ARCE hosted an exclusive gala dinner at Luxor Temple. The dinner saw the likes of government officials, Egyptologists, investors, media representatives, artists and VIP invitees gather for an evening of glamour and live performances in honour of the historic discovery.

ARCE once again partnered up with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to hold 'Transcending Eternity: The Centennial Tutankhamun Conference', which gathered experts to Luxor to present their papers on King Tut's life and death, and present the latest research on the king and his treasures.