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Tomb of Tutankhamun

Full details of Ancient Egyptian Religion, Death Rituals, Embalmers and Mummification can be found via the sitemap, in the Section called Egyptian Mummies. The following table lists details of the Tomb of Tutankhamun including its reference number, the date the burial place was discovered and the name and details of the Egyptologist who discovered or excavated the Tomb of Tutankhamun. For comprehensive facts and information also see the Tomb of King Tut

Ancient Egyptian Tombs - Tomb of Tutankhamun excavated by Howard Carter
The Valley of the Kings is a necropolis. A necropolis is defined as a large cemetery or burial place near the site of a center of an ancient civilization.

The Valley of the Kings, where the Tomb of Tutankhamun was found, is located near the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes (now modern-day Luxor). There are 63 tombs which have been discovered in the Valley of the Kings belonging to the Pharaohs and leading dignitaries. Many of the tombs were discovered by the Egyptian tomb robbers of antiquity but during the 19th and 20th centuries renewed interest in Egyptology led European Egyptologists, such as Howard Carter, to make further excavations in the Valley of the Kings, hoping to find undiscovered tombs, complete with fabulous treasures.

Tomb of Tutankhamun
Location of the Burial Site
 Valley of the Kings
Number
 KV62
Name of Occupant
 Tomb of Tutankhamun (1334 BC -1325 BC)
Period / Kingdom
 New Kingdom
Date of Period / Kingdom
 1570 BC - 1070 BC
Dynasty
 18th - Eighteenth Egyptian Dynasty
Date of Discovery
 Antiquity
Name of Egyptologist
 Re-excavated by Howard Carter on the 4th November 1922
Nationality of Howard Carter
 British
Lifespan of Howard Carter
 1874 - 1939

Additional facts and information about the Tomb of Tutankhamun & Howard Carter

The Tomb of Tutankhamun, KV62, is the most famous burial site in the world due to the fabulous treasures which were found intact. The tomb and its great treasures had not been ravaged by tomb raiders due to its location which was underneath the remains of the huts of workmen which were built during nineteenth dynasty. The tomb is accessed by a staircase which leads to a series of corridors and chambers which are decorated with scenes from the 'Opening of the Mouth' ritual and the Amduat, a magical text which would help the pharaoh through the perils of the Underworld so he could reach the Afterlife. For comprehensive information on this subject please click the following link:

Tomb of King Tut

The Egyptologist Howard Carter began his career began by copying inscriptions and paintings in Egypt. He originally worked for the Egyptian Antiquities Service but then was sponsored by Lord Carnarvon to excavate sites in the Valley of the Kings.

Ancient Egyptian Tomb numbering system
All tombs are and numbered and the legends KV, QV, WV & TT  indicate their location as follows:

  • KV (e.g. KV no.35) refers to the King Valley
  • QV (e.g. QV no.66) refers to the burial of Nerfertari in the Queen Valley
  • WV (e.g. WV no.23) refers to the burial of the Pharaoh Ay in the Western Valley
  • TT (e.g. TT no.55) refers to the burial of Ramose designated to the category of Theban Tomb
    • There are at least 415 catalogued tombs, designated TT for Theban Tomb which are burial places of nobles and important court officials

Tomb of Tutankhamun
Each section on the subject of Egyptian Tombs addresses all topics and provides interesting facts and information about the Golden Age of Pharaohs and of Egypt. The Sitemap provides full details of all of the information and facts provided about the fascinating subject of the Tomb of Tutankhamun discovered by Howard Carter.

Egyptian Tombs

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