Monday, 15 December 2008
ABC Wednesday V for Valley of the Kings
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The story of the Valley of the Kings begins with the decision of Tuthmoses I to seperate his tomb from his mortuary temple and to have his body buried in a secret place. His chief architect excavated a shaft tomb in a lonely ravine, cut a steep stairway into the rock, and at the bottom built the sepulchre; this plan was followed by all the later pharaohs. These graves were often disturbed by tomb robbers. So the priests decided to lay all the pharaohs in a large cave in the mountain of Deir el-Bahri. The forty pharaohs remained there for three thousand years. The tomb of Tutankhamen was found by Howard Carter in November 1922.It was a miracle that everything and especially the mummy was intact.The most impressive was the great sarcophagus; an enormous block of quartzite ,that housed four gilded wooden containers one inside the other. We believe Tutankhamen ruled Egypt between 1334 and 1325 BC. He was probably the 12th ruler of Egypt's 18th Dynasty.
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