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The Treasures of Tut Ankh Amun

Over 3,000 treasures were placed in the tomb to help Tutankhamun in his afterlife, and the walls of the burial chamber were painted with scenes of his voyage to the afterworld. The chamber contained four gilded shrines, inside which was a red quartzite sarcophagus containing three nesting coffins. Tutankhamun's mummy rested in the innermost coffin, which is made of solid gold and weighs approximately 110.4 kilos (242.9 lbs.). His body was wrapped in linen and over his face was placed an exquisite gold mask.

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb sparked a global fascination with ancient Egypt. Today, you can explore the many wonders the country has to offer by descending into cramped burial chambers, traversing endless deserts and climbing the pyramids themselves. These exhilarating experiences are all part of finding Tutankhamun’s treasures for yourself.

Many original artefacts from the tomb can be found across Egypt, while others are on tour around the world. Here is Culture Trip’s guide to everything you need to know about the “boy king”, and where you need to go to explore the secrets surrounding the most famous archaeological find of all time.

When Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the Great King Tut in 1922, he did not just find the lost king but his treasures as well. Not only were the daily practices fo the ancient Egyptians governed by their belief in a life after death, Aka the afterlife, but so was how they prepared their dead for the journey beyond the grave. That's why the dead were mummified to preserve their earthly bodies for the journey to come & there prize possessions was buried with them to aid them in their journey. Few, however, compare to the magnificence of the treasures of King Tut and the story they tell about the young king's life. Discover what amazing artifacts were buried with the Young king of Egypt and how they helped uncover his story. 

King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in 1922. Prior to the discovery of his tomb, King Tutankhamun was considered as one of the minor kings that ruled ancient Egypt and his legacy was considered to have little influence on the countries history. But the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 provided a lot of shocking evidence that showed that this boy king played a very important role in the history of Egypt has he was greatly involved in the restoration of the original Egyptian religion and also in the rule of law and order after his father's death. The discovery of the almost intact tomb of King Tutankhamun immediately made him the most famous Egyptian king in the modern world and also opened the eyes of the modern world to a lot of ancient Egyptian practices and facts that were hidden before this discovery. 

King tut was buried in a tomb that was rather too small for his status, this suggests that his death came at an unexpected time and a tomb meant for another person was used for him. After the young king was buried in this tomb, the location of the tomb was concealed for a long time by sand and debris that mostly came from tombs that were later built over this tomb and also from the worker's houses that were built over the entrance of the tomb. The concession rights for the excavation of the Valley of kings which held a lot of important tombs was initially held by Theodore Davis who discovered about ten tombs between the years 1905 to 1914. During that time Davis did indeed find a lot of objects and materials that had king Tut’s name on them. Theodore Davis later concluded that the valley of kings has been exhausted and gave up on the possibility of finding another very important and significant tomb in the Valley of Kings. 

Since the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb and the treasure within in 1922, the mummy has traveled almost all over the world for various reasons ranging from art exhibitions to forensic researches. Although there has been little damage to the body during its mummification and excavation in the past, the mummy still remains early in pristine condition and is currently in its original resting place, the KV62 chamber in the Valley of Kings.


Over the years, the treasures found in King Tut’s tomb have been distributed to various museums all over Egypt and the world at large. The most important of these treasures, however, are securely protected and preserved in the king’s tomb in the Valley of Kings. 

4,700 relics of Tutankhamun successfully exhibited in Grand Egyptian Museum. CAIRO – 10 February 2022: The Grand Egyptian Museum is the largest museum in the world to be dedicated to one civilization. The Grand Egyptian Museum will house over 50,000 antiquities.

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