Ancient Egypt

by Mandy Barrow

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 The Discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb for Kids Tutankhamen

Burial Chamber

Howard Carter opening the second of the three shrines that enclosed Tutankhamen's mummy and sarcophagus. The seals had remained unbroken for over 3,000 years.

The solid wall of gold was actually the first of four gilded shrines, each one bigger than the one inside it. Altogether, they nearly filled the entire room!

The burial chamber was the "big" find of the tomb.

It contained the real corpse of king Tut himself.

Howard Carter crouching at the doors of the second of the three shrines. With him are his assistant, 'Pecky' Callender, and two Egyptian foremen.


The opening of the shrines took 84 days.

Surrounding the enormous shrines were various ritual and personal objects. Seven oars, which were intended for the king's use as he journeyed across the waters of the underworld, were laid out on the north end.

The burial chamber shows the most evidence of work. It is the only room with any writing or painting on the wall. This has led many people to believe that Tutankhamun died very suddenly.

Tutankhamen's tomb was probably meant for someone else. It was probably for someone of much lesser importance and was made to accomodate Tutankhamun after his unexpected death.

On the right wall of the Burial Chamber was an entrance into a storeroom, now known as the Treasury.

Pictures of Treasure found in the Burial Chamber

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