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The Discovery of King Tutankhamun's Tomb

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Valley of the Kings
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The Valley of the Kings took its name from the furnished rock-cut tombs for the kings of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Dynasties. At least 26 of the 32 rulers of these dynasties were buried in the Valley of the Kings.

It is a small valley that lies about six kilometers or four miles from the western bank of the Nile at Thebes. It is 70 meters or 230 feet above the level of the river Nile.

The valley was probably chosen as the burial place for royalty because of its geology and relatively convenient access to the Nile flood plain. The pyramid-shaped mountain, called the Qurn, which means forehead or horn, rises about 300 meters or 984 feet and was perhaps used as a symbol of the god Re.

The tombs that were discovered in the valley were not reserved exclusively for kings. Some were dug for various officials, royal family members, and priests.

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Pharaonic

Style:

New Kingdom/18th.dyn.
  New Kingdom/19th.dyn.
  New Kingdom/20th.dyn.
Type Type

Type:

Necropolis
Map Map

Location: 

Luxor

Constructed: 

Luxor
Timeline Timeline

Constructed: 

1550 BC - 1070 BC
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Religion and Spirituality
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Ramesses the Second
Ramesses the Second

Wooden Locust Toy
Wooden Locust Toy

Throne and Footrest of Tutankhamun
Throne and Footrest of Tutankhamun

Ointment Jar Surmounted by a Lion
Ointment Jar Surmounted by a Lion

Bed Covered with Gold Sheet
Bed Covered with Gold Sheet

Carrying Chest Surmounted by Anubis
Carrying Chest Surmounted by Anubis

Triple Lamp with Lotus Shapes
Triple Lamp with Lotus Shapes

Bust Model of Tutankhamun
Bust Model of Tutankhamun

Life-Sized Statue of Tutankhamun
Life-Sized Statue of Tutankhamun

Folding Bed
Folding Bed

Canopic Gold Miniature Coffin of Tutankhamun
Canopic Gold Miniature Coffin of Tutankhamun

Mirror Case in the Form of an Ankh, or Life Sign
Mirror Case in the Form of an Ankh, or Life Sign

Alabaster Boat
Alabaster Boat

Writing Materials of Tutankhamun
Writing Materials of Tutankhamun

Toy Monkey from the Tomb of Tutankhamun
Toy Monkey from the Tomb of Tutankhamun

Naos, or Shrine, of Tutankhamun, Gilded and Incised
Naos, or Shrine, of Tutankhamun, Gilded and Incised

Funerary Couch with the Head of Hippopotamus
Funerary Couch with the Head of Hippopotamus

The Innermost Coffin of Tutankhamun
The Innermost Coffin of Tutankhamun

Shield with King Tutankhamun Slaying His Enemies
Shield with King Tutankhamun Slaying His Enemies

Child's Spinning Top from the Tomb of Tutankhamun
Child's Spinning Top from the Tomb of Tutankhamun

Bird-Shaped Toy from the Tomb of Tutankhamun
Bird-Shaped Toy from the Tomb of Tutankhamun

The Gold Mask of Tutankhamun
The Gold Mask of Tutankhamun

Middle Coffin of Tutankhamun
Middle Coffin of Tutankhamun

The Silver Trumpet of Tutankhamun
The Silver Trumpet of Tutankhamun

Bracelet of Tutankhamun with Scarab
Bracelet of Tutankhamun with Scarab

Pectoral of Tutankhamun of the Rising Sun
Pectoral of Tutankhamun of the Rising Sun

Pendant of Tutankhamun of the Rising Sun
Pendant of Tutankhamun of the Rising Sun

Lamp Support
Lamp Support

Shawabti of Tutankhamun
Shawabti of Tutankhamun

Sunshade of King Tutankhamun
Sunshade of King Tutankhamun

Canopic Chest of Tutankhamun
Canopic Chest of Tutankhamun

Unguent Vase with Magnificent Symbols of Unification of Egypt
Unguent Vase with Magnificent Symbols of Unification of Egypt

Chest with Miniature Panoramas
Chest with Miniature Panoramas

Mirror of Sat-Hathor-Yunet
Mirror of Sat-Hathor-Yunet

Pair of Golden Sandals of Tutankhamun
Pair of Golden Sandals of Tutankhamun

Chariot of Tutankhamun
Chariot of Tutankhamun

Fire Lighter
Fire Lighter

Trappings of King Tutankhamun's Mummy
Trappings of King Tutankhamun's Mummy

Box for Unguents of King Tutankhamun
Box for Unguents of King Tutankhamun

Yuya
Yuya

Winged Scarab Pendant of Tutankhamun
Winged Scarab Pendant of Tutankhamun

Bow Case
Bow Case

Canopic Shrine of Tutankhamun
Canopic Shrine of Tutankhamun

Dagger and Sheath of King Tutankhamun
Dagger and Sheath of King Tutankhamun

Corselet of Tutankhamun
Corselet of Tutankhamun

Boomerang of King Tutankhamun
Boomerang of King Tutankhamun

Model Boat
Model Boat

Diadem of Tutankhamun
Diadem of Tutankhamun

Statue of the Serpent Neterankh
Statue of the Serpent Neterankh

Statue of Ptah
Statue of Ptah

Statuette of Tutankhamun the Harpooner
Statuette of Tutankhamun the Harpooner

Statue of Tutankhamun Wearing the Red Crown
Statue of Tutankhamun Wearing the Red Crown

Statue of Horus the Great
Statue of Horus the Great

Ramesses the Fifth
Ramesses the Fifth

Seti the First
Seti the First

Senet Game of Tutankhamun
Senet Game of Tutankhamun

Model of Woman Reclining on a Bed with Headrest
Model of Woman Reclining on a Bed with Headrest

Ramesses the Third
Ramesses the Third

Mask of Lady Thuya
Mask of Lady Thuya

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