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The opening of the tomb
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Press Release - 31 January 2005

Relive the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb

Local people are to get the chance to hear the full story of the finding of the tomb of Tutankhamun from an expert in Egyptology.

Jane Hack will begin a 10-week course entitled ‘Tutankhamun – the forgotten Pharaoh’ at the University of Bath’s Claverton Down campus next month.

The course will follow this remarkable story from the search for the tomb, the excavation of its contents and the lasting impact made by what many see as the most sensational archaeological discovery ever made.

For more information, and to enrol for the course please contact Marie Salter at the Division of Lifelong Learning at the University of Bath on 01225 386102 or email on Details can also be found on The course is held on Tuesdays from 7.30pm-9.30pm, and it begins on 8 February and costs £78.

Jane Hack is a Museum Learning Officer at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery specialising in Egyptology.

She will tell how in 1922, after years of searching in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Howard Carter and his team uncovered steps leading to the tomb of a little-known Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty (1555BC-1305BC).

Although the discovery was made over 80 years ago there are still many unanswered questions about the life and death of Tutankhamun. An enduring theory is that his mother, Nefertiti, died giving birth to him, and that his father, Akhenaten, a tyrant, died when Tutankhamun was a child. He then became Pharaoh of all Egypt in approximately 1333 BC, when he was only nine years old. A recent study suggested he was assassinated before the age of 20 and suggests his prime minister as the main suspect.

Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities is currently waiting for results from a recent CT scan of the mummy which could prove what killed him. As its detective work continues behind the scenes, the Council has released a further 50 items from the tomb to be exhibited around the world, giving a new generation the chance to learn first-hand about the young Pharaoh. Currently showing in Germany, the exhibition will be shown in the Millennium Dome in 2007.