You see, I knew King Tut was cool. Some Kings and men of power like to roll heavy and sport the newest hardware, but not good ole’ King Tut. What you are seeing here is one of the chariots that was found in Kind Tut’s tomb when it was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. This particular chariot, one of five found in King Tut’s tomb, was completely stripped of any ornamental hardware and had severely worn wheels which led archaeologists to believe that it was used mainly for hunting exhibitions. It was narrow, lightweight and packed a whopping two-horsepower, which was pretty good for back in the day.
This chariot, along with other artifacts found in King Tut’s tomb can be seen at the “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” exhibition in New York City. Dates run from April 23, 2010 – January 2, 2011. Also keep in mind that this is the first time the chariot has ever traveled outside Egypt. So if you’re going to be in NYC this summer and want to see the hot rod that started it all, it may be worth taking a visit to the exhibition and taking a gander at some real world, old school engineering.
Source: Discovery News