Mock exam paper D Higher Level
JUNIOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION
HISTORY - HIGHER LEVEL
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Howard Carter describes the moment when he discovered Tutankhamen’s tomb, 1922
After clearing 9 metres of the descending passage, in about the middle of the afternoon, we came upon a second sealed doorway…Feverishly we cleared away the remaining last scraps of rubbish on the floor of the passage before the doorway, until we had only the clean sealed doorway before us. In which, after making preliminary notes, we made a tiny breach in the top left hand corner to see what was beyond. Darkness and the iron testing rod told us that there was empty space. Perhaps another descending staircase? Or maybe a chamber? Candles were procured - the all-important tell-tale for foul gases when opening an ancient subterranean excavation - I widened the breach and by means of the candle looked in, while my companions waited in anxious expectation.
It was sometime before one could see, the hot air escaping caused the candle to flicker, but as soon as one's eyes became accustomed to the glimmer of light the interior of the chamber gradually loomed before one, with its strange and wonderful medley of extraordinary and beautiful objects heaped upon one another.
There was naturally great suspense for those present who could not see, when Lord Carnarvon said to me: “Can you see anything”? I replied to him: “Yes, it is wonderful”. With the light of an electric torch as well as an additional candle we looked in. Our sensations and astonishment are difficult to describe as the better light revealed to us the marvellous collection of treasures. Was it a tomb or merely a treasure chamber? A sealed doorway between two sentinel statues proved there was more beyond, and with the numerous wall-markings bearing the name of Tut.ankh.Amen on most of the objects before us; there was litt...