2.1 Key Ideas and Details

Use Details and Examples

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Thousands of years ago, pharaohs ruled the great kingdom of Egypt. When pharaohs died, they were buried in tombs with their treasures. One of these pharaohs was very young. His name was King Tutankhamen (TOOT-ahngk-ah-muhn).

The entrance to Tutankhamen’s tomb was well hidden. The Egyptians built tombs that were hard to find and even harder to enter. They made secret entrances and false passages.

Soon after the king was buried, robbers broke into the tomb and took some of the treasures. The tomb was then resealed. It stayed buried in the sand for thousands of years.

In the early 1900s, an Englishman named Lord Carnarvon began the search for this pharoah’s tomb. Carnarvon believed that the king was buried in the Valley of the Kings.

In 1907, Carnarvon began working with a man named Howard Carter. Carter was an artist for paleontologists. He made drawings of the fossils and other findings. Carter and Carnarvon began a search for King Tutankhamen’s tomb. It was a search that would last for many years.

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