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The Tomb

Fact 1

 

The Tomb of Tutankhamun (1334 BC -1325 BC) is located in the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of Thebes (modern day Luxor) and has the reference of KV62

Fact 2

 

The tomb of King Tut was hastily prepared due to the untimely death of the young pharaoh, it is much smaller than the normal royal tombs consisting of only 4 main chambers

Fact 3

 

The purpose of the tomb of King Tut was as a dwelling place called The Eternal House of the Dead.

Fact 4

 

The tomb was constructed in such a way as to best promote the well-being, and ensure the preservation, of the dead pharaoh and his Ka, Ba and Ahk.

Fact 5

 

The Ancient Egyptians provided for their afterlives according to their earthly means. When Tutankhamun died, his most most precious  possessions were locked into his tomb to enable him to enjoy a wonderful existence in the afterlife.

Fact 6

 

The number of artefacts found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun numbered over 3500 and took Howard Carter 10 years to catalogue

Fact 7

 

The tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered by the English Egyptologist Howard Carter in November 1922

Fact 8

 

Each wall of the tomb has a specific theme. The East Wall depicts the Funeral Procession, the West Wall contains text from the Amduat, the South Wall depicts his arrival in the Underworld and the North Wall of the tomb shows the arrival of Tutankhamun in the Afterlife.

Fact 9

 

The tomb of Tutankhamun contained four gilded shrines nested one inside the other in order of decreasing size. The innermost shrine contained the red quartzite sarcophagus of King Tut which protected three anthropoid, or man-shaped, coffins.

Fact 10

 

The first two anthropoid coffins were made of gilded wood but the final coffin was made of solid gold. The solid gold coffin housed the mummy of King Tut whichwas directly covered by his fabulous golden death mask.

Fact 11

 

Royal death masks or burial masks such as the fabulous golden mask of Tutankhamun, the boy King Tut, were made of gold in the image of the deceased

Fact 12

 

The mask like many other objects in the tomb is made of gold which is inlaid with semi-precious stones, coloured glass paste and the eyes are made with obsidian and quartz

Fact 13

 

The Treasure is made of priceless gold and silver and encrusted with precious jewels

Fact 14

 

The 'Treasury' was guarded by the magnificent statue of the god Anubis and contained jewel chests containing priceless jewelry, model boats and the golden shrine which contained the canopic jars which housed the internal organs of King Tut.

Fact 15

 

Between the layers of bandages gold amulets and jewelry were added to the mummy of Tutankhamun

Fact 16

 

No less than 143 separate items were wrapped with the mummy of King Tut. 

Fact 17

 

The mummy of Tutankhamun was laid to rest in a priceless solid gold coffin

The Tomb
The Tutankhamun London exhibition includes information, housed in galleries, based on various themes including The Tomb. Comprehensive facts and information on The Tomb can be accessed by our sitemap. But this page details fast facts and info that we hope will 'wet your appetite' for Ancient Egyptian History and the Tutankhamun London Exhibition including The Tomb.

The Tomb
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