Monday 15 June 2015

Egyptian History Part 9

Entrance to an Egyptian Tomb

Rock-cut tombs were built as homes for the dead and to hold the things they would need in the afterlife. If they were poor, their tombs would have only a few pots but if they were wealthy they had furniture, toys, games, weapons, dishes, food, jewellery and cosmetics all in their tombs. Many of the rich tombs were robbed and the contents stolen thousands of years ago- not long after the person died. In prehistoric Egypt, bodies were buried in the deserts because they would naturally be preserved by dehydration.

Coffin made for a wealthy Egyptian (E.g. a Pharaoh)

Tomb made for a poor Egyptian


King Tutankhamun’s tomb was located in the Valley of the Kings and is by far the best preserved royal tomb ever discovered. It was discovered by British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922. Although we know much about the goods that Tutankhamun took with him for the afterlife, information on his life is much less clear.

Tutankhamun tomb 
Howard Cater uncovering King Tut’s Tomb

Tutankhamun Gold Death Mask

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