The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

A rich, chaotic tangle of chariot parts, ritual couches, painted wooden chests, statues “and gold—everywhere the glint of gold” greeted Carter’s eyes when he first glimpsed the room later dubbed the “antechamber.” Tut’s cramped tomb was probably originally built for a lesser nobleman; when the king died unexpectedly at the tender age of 18, it was pressed into royal service.