My final trip in Luxor allowed me to see the tomb of Tutankhamun: the most famous pharaoh of them all!
I have always admitted that my knowledge of Egyptology has not been particularly amazing, yet I do like trying to learn a few things about new cultures (ancient or contemporary). Learning is the best part; writing about it a few months later is the hard bit – especially when you realise you didn’t take enough photos to tell a story!
Tutankhamun began life as a prince called Tutankhaten and inherited the throne in 1333 BC at the age of 10. Soon after, he married his half-sister and they together tried for two children, both of which were stillborn. One of the many changes Tutankhamun implemented during his reign was to ban the worship of the God Aten, and instead reinforce the worship of the God Amun. In fact, this act brought about the etymology of his later name change, as Tutankhaten became known as Tutankhamun (roughly translated as “Living Image of Amun”).
The actual tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered in 1922 and this discovery shook the world and received global press coverage. The explorer who found it was called Howard Carter. He peered through a small crack in a 3000 year old wall and noticed many resplendent things. While these artefacts have not been left in the tomb, they have at least not been looted and now reside in the national museum in Cairo, although unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to see them when I was in the capital myself.
Tutankhamun lays in tomb KV62 in the Valley of the Kings. and all that remains from the tomb now is the coffin and body of the famous pharaoh. The tomb complex is very dark and difficult to get any good pictures, but I can assure you that it is quite large. Although, not as large as tombs for other pharaohs, it still has a few separate chambers, such as the Treasury and the Ante-Chamber, as well as the famous Burial Chamber. I was told by other tourists who were exploring the area at the same time as me, that compared to other pharaohs, the Tutankhamun was not given a very good tomb. In fact, his tomb was originally made for a mere noble, not a pharaoh. It seems King Tut really got a raw deal after his death!