Tutankhamun’s Tomb. 1. Entrance corridor 2. Antechamber 3. Annex 4. Burial chamber 5. Treasury . 5. 4. N. 2. 1. 3. Sealed doors Tomb wall . The entrance corridor.
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1. Entrance corridor
4. Burial chamber
On November 4 and 5, Howard Carter discovered a stair well leading to what he hoped was a royal tomb. Although not entirely sure what lay beneath he telegrammed Lord Carnarvon and urged him to come quickly to Egypt. Upon Carnarvon’s arrival, excavation resumed on November 23.
Traces of evidence soon made it clear that ancient tomb raiders had twice broken into the tomb and twice it had been resealed. This concerned Carter and raised the possibility that this would be yet another plundered tomb.
Cartouchesof different pharaohs were found making it unclear who had been buried here. The carved wooden headof an, as yet unidentified king was discovered, damaged. However, it was the most intact artefact in the corridor. Elsewhere were several fragments of linen and broken vases, pots and other vessels.
On the afternoon of Sunday 26 November, Carter broke through a second sealed doorway and peered into a room. When asked by Carnarvon if he could see anything, he replied, ‘yes, it is wonderful’.
Damaged head of the pharaoh found in the corridor
Source: Harry Burton
What do the contents of the antechamber tell us about Tutankhamun and his times?
What do the contents of the annexe tell us about Tutankhamun and his times?
Describe the appearance, location and significance of the guardian statues.
Describe the shrines and sarcophagus that Carter and his team found.
Describe the process of mummification.
What information do the tomb paintings provide about funerary beliefs and practices?
What does the canopic shrine and its contents tell us about burial practices in Ancient Egypt?
What else (and who else) was found in the treasury?
How does Tutankhamun’s tomb compare with others in the Valley of the Kings?