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    Britney Denzel



      In 1922, the tomb of King Tut was discovered by a team of archeologists led by Howard Carter, a British Egyptologist. It was the smallest royal tomb found but it was also the most intact.



      The tomb number is KV62 and it is the burial place of Tutankhamun, a pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of ancient Egypt in the Valley of the Kings.



      It consists of four chambers and an entrance staircase and corridor. It is smaller and less intricately decorated than other Egyptian royal tombs of its time.



      King Tutankhamun died prematurely and the tomb probably originated as a tomb for a non-royal person but was adapted as a tomb for Tutankhamun’s use. The burial chamber and treasury may have been added to the original tomb when it was adapted for Tutankhamun’s burial.



      Tutankhamun’s tomb lies in the eastern branch of the Valley of the Kings, where most tombs in the valley are located. It is cut into the limestone bedrock in the valley floor, on the west side of the main path, and runs beneath a low foothill.



      King Tutankhamun like other kings was buried with various funerary objects and personal possessions. When the tomb was found, it contained a treasure trove of thousands of ancient Egyptian objects, including an iron dagger made from a meteorite and an elaborate funerary mask.



      Robbers have entered the tomb twice in the years following the burial, however, the mummy and objects buried with it have remained intact. The tomb’s low position dug into the floor of the valley, allowing its entrance to be hidden by debris deposited by flooding and tomb construction. Thus, unlike other tombs in the valley, it was not stripped of its valuables during the Third Intermediate Period.



      The discovery of this tomb provided insight into the material culture of wealthy ancient Egyptians as well as patterns of tomb robbery. As a result of this discovery, King Tutankhamun became one of the best-known pharaohs and some artifacts from his tomb are among the best-known artworks from ancient Egypt. Most of the goods from the tomb were sent to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and are now in the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza even though his mummy and sarcophagus are still on display in the tomb.



      A replica of the burial chamber has been constructed nearby to reduce tourist pressure on the original tomb

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