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Tomb of Ramesses VI, near tomb of Tutankhamun

Tomb of Ramesses VI, near location of the 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 this image.

 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 the image. Davis, who was also seeking Tutankhamun's tomb, had found items including floral collars with inscriptions on 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. 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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