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Inside the tomb of the boy king, Tutankhamen | by Yvon from Ottawa
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Inside the tomb of the boy king, Tutankhamen

Tutankhamen was buried in a tomb (KV62) that apparently was not intended for him. It was used because he died young and suddenly, and the tomb being prepared for him was not ready. KV62, was probably not supposed to be a royal tomb at all as it is rather small with only one room decorated with wall paintings. This photo shows the burial chamber with the glass-covered granite sarcophagus and the original wall paintings. The king's mummy was initially placed within three nested mummiform coffins, which were laid horizontally in the sarcophagus. Today, only the exterior coffin and the sarcophagus remain in the tomb. Everything else that was found in the tomb was moved to Cairo and is on display at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Lucie and I visited the exhibit when we were in Cairo at the beginning of our trip. I recall being disappointed because the lighting in the exhibit rooms as well as the explanations were not up to standard by a long shot. Fortunately, I had seen the exhibit at the British Museum in London in the early 1970's, under perfect lighting conditions and with excellent interpretation panels. It would be interesting to know if things have improved in the museum in Cairo.

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Taken on September 21, 1984