A mummified human skull; inscribed on verso “Tutankh-amen revealed after 3.000 years. Daily Mirror, London, 5th July 1926”. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY
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Tomb KV62 in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings was discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter. To raise money to pay for the complex process of excavation, preservation and cataloguing the tomb’s riches, Lord Carnarvon who sponsored the dig signed an exclusive deal with The Times newspaper, giving it sole rights to supply the world’s press with news and photographs. The financial support and continued media interest this generated was vital to enable the costly decade of excavation.