Tutankhamen (King Tut)
Tomb of - Valley of the Kings (KV62)
Tutankhamen the meaning of which was the Living image of Amun became the ruler in Egypt at the age of nine years; he is believed to have ruled till his death at the age of 17-19 years. A pharaoh during the 18th dynasty, Tutankhamen is believed to be the greatest members of the Egyptian royal families.
The tomb of Tutankhamen
The tomb of Tutankhamen is referred as KV54 in the Valley of the Kings and it’s believed to be an enclosing cache for the king. The tomb is not really a tomb and depicts a small pit that is located near the tomb of Seti I. It’s like an unfinished shaft of a tomb whose construction is believed to have been abandoned. The tomb was used as a cache for funereal equipments and grave goods of Tutankhamen as it’s said that his tomb which was KV 62 was robbed soon after he was buried there. The tomb contains some embalming materials from the ruler’s tomb and also material from the funerary meal of the pharaoh. About 12 sealed jars containing various objects like pottery, natron, linen, animal bones and floral wreath were found
An important finding
A small linen cloth that was found inside the cache of Tutankhamen is considered to be an important finding as it has hieratic text where the text means The good god, Lord of the Two Lands, Nebkheperure Beloved of Min. Linen of Year 6. Nebkheperure was the prenomen of Tutankhamen, so the text found on the linen cloth confirmed that the goods were from Tutankhamen’s tomb.
It was Winlock who in the year 1923 suggested that KV 54 was not the tomb of Tutankhamen, but it was an embalming cache that had items which were left from the mummification of the king. The clue was important in finding the actual tomb of this ruler. From what was found from the funerary banquet and more, it was estimated that were total eight people who were mourning at the funeral of Tutankhamen.
The tomb of Tutankhamen was finally discovered by Howard Crater in 1822 and similar items were found as the cache at the tomb’s entrance. The robbery in the original tomb led to the removal of the remaining material to KV54. The corridor was then filled with debris and rocks in order to prevent any future attempts of robberies or break-ins inside the tomb of Tutankhamen.
So, it’s much evident now that KV54 was not much the real tomb of Tutankhamen and an actual tomb was still present in the Valley of the Kings.