Where Is the Tomb of Tutankhamun?
Tutankhamun’s tomb is in Egypt, in a place called the Valley of the Kings. Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (ruled c. 1332–1323 BC in the conventional chronology), during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom or sometimes the New Empire Period.
He has since his discovery been colloquially referred to as King Tut. His original name, Tutankhaten, means “Living Image of Aten”, while Tutankhamun means “Living Image of Amun”.
His name was familiar only to scholars until his tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon. The tomb was filled with precious jewels, ornaments, vases, furniture clothes, ornamented coffins, chariots, and the mummified body of the young king himself, wearing a gold mask now in the Egyptian Museum, remains the popular symbol.
Exhibits of artifacts from his tomb have toured the world. The Tutankhamun’s nearly intact tomb received worldwide press coverage. It sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt.
When the Egyptians buried a pharaoh, they took trouble to surround him with beautiful and useful things. They did not believe he was really dead. They thought he would go on living if he were provided with enough things to protect him in his journey through the underworlds, and afterwards. Most of the kings’ tombs were robbed, frequently by local people, of their jewels and gold.
There are several Chambers in the tomb-the Antechamber, the Burial Chamber, the Treasury, and the Store Room. In the Antechamber was a beautiful alabaster wishing-cup and painted wooden casket with brilliant designs. At the doorway of the Treasury was a figure of a God called Anubis, a sort of jackal-like dog. Who was supposed to keep watch over the dead. Round his neck he wore a scarf decorated with lotus and cornflowers.