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Ramesses VI, near tomb of Tutankhamun
The tomb of the 18th Dynasty monarch Tutankhamun (1334-1325 BC) was
found beneath workmen's huts
of the later (20th Dynasty) tomb of Ramesses VI (1141-1133 BC), shown
in the center of
Earlier clues to the location of "Tut.'s" tomb came during 1908
excavations by Theodore
Davis, in an area just beyond the left edge of
this image (fig.1). Davis, who was also seeking Tutankhamun's
tomb, had found items including floral collars with inscriptions
Tutankhamun near the tomb of Ramesses VI. These collars are now in the
Metropolitan Museum in New York.
The British archaeologist Howard Carter, who had been funded for years
by Lord Carnavon in search of "Tut's" tomb, initially explored the area
around Ramesses VI's tomb but failed to find it. He then searched
fruitlessly in other parts of the Valley of the Kings.
Fig.1: Tomb of Ramesses VI,
near location of the tomb of
In November, 1922 Carter finally found the tomb of Tutankhamun
beneath the house foundations of workmen who, two centuries after the
burial of "Tut", had constructed Ramesses
VI's tomb. The original seals on the outer door of
"Tut.'s" tomb were intact, and Carter telegraphed his patron to join
him during the discovery of the tomb's contents in 1922-1923..
Aside from a few minor pilferings by workmen contemporary with the
burial of Tutankhamun (some of whom had been surprised by tomb guards
during robbery, and had left items wrapped in cloth satchels), the
lavish funishings of the tomb remained as originally placed during the
18th Dynasty, in the 14th century BC.
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