Incredible Photos Of The Discovery Of King Tut’s Tomb Seen In Color For The First Time

What’s cooler than being able to go back and digitally remaster a famous Egyptian’s tomb?

That’s exactly what photo colorizer Jordan Lloyd of Dynamichrome was tasked with.

Lloyd was able to digitally recolor the discovery and exploration of King Tut and his tomb from photos taken back in 1922.

The astonishing project took months and extensive research in order for Lloyd to achieve the authentic color references and it looks as though his work paid off.

The photo you see below was taken as soon as King Tut’s coffin lid was removed. The 24-pound burial mask surrounding Tutankhamun is made of solid gold.

It’s quite an impressive gallery:

The King Tut burial mask

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Howard Carter, Arthur Callender and an Egyptian worker open the doors of the innermost shrine and get their first look at Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus.

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A ceremonial bed in the shape of the Celestial Cow, surrounded by provisions and other objects in the antechamber of the tomb.

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A gilded lion bed, clothes chest and other objects in the antechamber. The wall of the burial chamber is guarded by statues.

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An assortment of model boats in the treasury of the tomb.

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A gilded lion bed and inlaid clothes chest among other objects in the antechamber.

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Under the lion bed in the antechamber are several boxes and chests, and an ebony and ivory chair which Tutankhamun used as a child.

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A gilded bust of the Celestial Cow Mehet-Weret and chests sit in the treasury of the tomb.

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Chests inside the treasury.

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Ornately carved alabaster vases in the antechamber.

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In a “laboratory” set up in the tomb of Sethos II, conservators Arthur Mace and Alfred Lucas clean one of the sentinel statues from the antechamber.

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Howard Carter, Arthur Callender and an Egyptian worker wrap one of the sentinel statues for transport.

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Arthur Mace and Alfred Lucas work on a golden chariot from Tutankhamun’s tomb outside the “laboratory” in the tomb of Sethos II.

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A statue of Anubis on a shrine with pallbearers’ poles in the treasury of the tomb.

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Carter, Mace and an Egyptian worker carefully roll up the linen pall covering the second shrine.

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Carter, Callende, and two workers remove the partition wall between the antechamber and the burial chamber.

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Carter, Callender and two Egyptian workers carefully dismantle one of the golden shrines within the burial chamber.

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Carter examines King Tuts sarcophagus.

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Carter and a worker examine the solid gold innermost sarcophagus.

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Lord Carnarvon, financier of the excavation, reads on the veranda of Carter’s house near the Valley of the Kings.

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