Tutankhamun’s mummy rested in the innermost coffin, which is made of solid gold and weighs approximately 110.4 kilos (242.9 lbs.). His body was wrapped in linen and over his face was placed an exquisite gold mask.
Tutankhamun tomb location
The tomb, located in an area that was not normally used for royal burials in the center of the valley, was apparently quickly buried deep below the surface of the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of Luxor (ancient Thebes ).
Howard Carter was said, before finding the grave, that Lord Carnarvon was withdrawing from the project, but after pleading his case, was given one more season of excavation in order to find it.In fact, we are told that, after having first discovered the steps of the tomb on November 4th, Carter initially telegraphed Lord Carnarvon, who was still at his estate in England Hampshire, after which Carter filled the stairs to wait the arrival of his benefactor.
Only the burial chamber received decorations. Here, all the walls have the same origin gold. On the west wall we find scenes depicting apes in the first hour of the Amduat. On the south wall the king is followed by Anubis as he appears before Hathor. Here, there is also a scene of King being welcomed into the underworld by Hathor, Anubis and Isis.
Why was Tutankhamun famous?
Because his tomb is the only tomb of a Pharaoh discovered in the Valley of the Kings that had not been robbed. All of the treasures buried with the king were still there. Most Pharaonic tombs had been looted over the centuries, so only the tomb itself and none of its actual contents remained.
Not Tutankhamun though, his tomb was crammed full of “wonderful things” in Howard Carter’s own words. As a matter of fact, Tutankhamun renown in the modern world is somewhat ironic, given that during his reign he actually accomplished fairly little of note. Today, he is, along with Cleopatra and possibly Ramesses the Great, among the only Egyptian Kings that most ordinary people can name.
It is unlikely, however, that most ordinary people living in Ancient Egypt some time after Tutankhamun death would be able to recall him, or at least name any of his achievements, which were few. Given that he was a child for most of his reign and died at 19, with the proceedings of the Royal Court likely being overseen by the vizier Ay, Tutankhamun was probably regarded as a footnote in history, insofar as a monarch viewed as a living god could be considered inconsequential.
Tutankhamun tomb treasures video
It seems that even soon after his death, the Egyptians didn’t waste too much time mourning, despite the riches interned within, the tomb of Tutankhamun is uncharacteristically small for king, and the priceless treasures buried with the Pharaoh were literally stacked unceremoniously on top of each other to maximise space, rather like one would cram bicycles into the back of car.
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