Gazing at Gold Tombs in Egypt

For around $200, you can gain access to all famous archaeological sites and museums in Luxor, including two of the most sought after ones: King Tut’s tomb – which is what I’m writing about today – and Queen Nefertari’s tomb (wife of Ramses II) …..which is exquisite and a blog post for another day!

I recall the tomb being very small in real life and the various chambers seemed so tiny. It’s hard to believe that so many artefacts fit inside it: 5,000 pieces to be exact.

I noticed the many baboons on the walls, and I came to learn that baboons were considered to be deities of the Underworld – devouring the souls of the sinful after they had been weighed against Maat (the goddess who personified the concepts of truth, order, morality, justice, balance, harmony and law).

The Valley of the Kings is fairly remote (in order to deter thieves in the ancient days) but definitely worth the drive! It’s one of the more famous archaeological sites which we visited as part of the price.

The tomb looked like it was painted yesterday – not 3,000 years ago! There were no artefacts inside, only his mummy. We saw the collection of his artefacts at The Egyptian Museum in Cairo – see the museum’s website here.

A brand new museum is being built to house all the artefacts from his tomb and other tombs, as well as to be the final resting place of King Tut’s mummy, called The Grand Egyptian Museum. It’s set to open in November 2022 and will tell the story of 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history with over 100,000 artefacts altogether!

I made the video above with some fun facts about the tomb, as it stands today in The Valley of the Kings. Below, I have also included some rare photographs from the tomb’s discovery.

Like Egyptology? Read my blog post on a Nubian Village in Aswan here.

Some fun facts about King Tut

Seeing Anubis – Then and Now

Anubis, easily recognisable as a jackal or dog, was the Egyptian god of the afterlife and mummification.

He helped judge souls after their death and guided lost souls into the afterlife.

Therefore, Anubis was not evil but rather one of the most important good gods who kept evil out of Egypt.

This is a statue of Anubis on a shrine with pallbearers’ poles in the treasury of the tomb.
Anubis today, cleaned up in The Egyptian Museum in Cairo! I got chills wondering who touched him over 3,000 years ago…to think that he’s made his way into the 21st century is remarkable
The original hand-painted signboard at the entrance of the tomb
$200 for free entry with no queues for 5 days for all museums and archaeological sites in Luxor, including Nefertari’s tomb and Seti’s tomb is the option I recommend!
Hand-painted signboards point guests around the landmarks

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