Ancient Egypt

by Mandy Barrow

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 The Discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb for Kids Tutankhamen

The Antechamber

The room was crammed full of household items for Tutankhamun's journey to the underworld.

Carter wrote:

"The antechamber was a small room, some twenty-six by twelve feet, and we had to tread warily, for, though the officials had cleared a small alleyway in the center, a single false step or hasty movement would have inflicted irreparable damage on one of the delicate objects with which we were surrounded."

The wall opposite the entrance wall was piled nearly to the ceiling with boxes, chairs, couches, and so much more - most of them gold - in an "organized chaos."

Over three thousand years had passed since the room had been sealed up, yet it seemed like it was sealed only yesterday.

A bunch of flowers still with its petals and leaves lay by the doorway.
A fingerprint left on the painted suface of an oil lamp.
The smell of perfume still in the air.

Carter wrote:

“Three thousand, four thousand years maybe, have passed since human feet last trod the floor on which you stand, and yet, as you note the signs of recent life around you – the half-filled bowl of mortar for the door, the blackened lamp, the finger mark upon the freshly painted surface, the farewell garland dropped upon the threshold – you feel it might have been but yesterday. Time is annihilated by intimate details such as these, and you feel an intruder.”


Further information:

Tutankhamun's Treasures

Treasures BBC Site

Coffin and other treasures

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