10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Valley Of the Kings
I am a massive fan of Egypt’s rich and vibrant culture. I started exploring this topic back when I passed my high school. A few interesting books in my school’s library gave me sufficient information about the boy king of Egypt.
King Tutankhamun was only 19 years old when he departed for the hereafter. His final resting place was discovered by one of the finest archaeologists called Howard Carter. Carter found Tut’s tomb in a secluded valley of Egypt. The said canyon is now known as the Valley of the Kings.
I have gathered ten intriguing facts regarding the valley of the kings. Let’s have a look at them, shall we?
1) The monarchs of the ‘old kingdom’ of Egypt built pyramids as their burial chambers. The pyramids of Djoser and Khufu are two prominent examples. However, the pharaohs of the ‘new kingdom’ had different ideas about death and burial chambers. Hence, they chose a specific valley as their resting place.
2) The valley of the kings was not internationally acknowledged or recognized until 1922. Howard Carter brought limelight to the royal canyon and the mysterious tomb of King Tut.
3) During 1539 – 1075 B.C., the valley of the kings became a burial ground for some of the most prominent pharaohs of Egypt such as Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses.
4) Ancient Egyptians had distorted religious concepts. They believed that the afterlife was a continuation of life. Hence, they incorporated various personal belongings in their burial chambers so they could carry them in the afterlife. Researchers and Egyptologists were able to locate thousands of artefacts from the tombs.
5) The underground tombs or burial chambers were full of treasures. Ancient Egyptians incorporated an assortment of food, wine, clothes in the tombs of the deceased kings and queens. Moreover, King Tut’s death mask was found in his burial chamber and is known as one of the greatest findings in the field of history.
6) As per various accounts, more than 62 royal tombs were discovered before 1922. Each one of them is colossal and has stunning details. Ramses VI’s burial complex is one of the finest from the lot.
7) Most of the tombs were plundered over the past decades. Quite a lot of mummies and valuable artefacts went missing.
8) There are over 65 tombs in the Valley of the Kings. They range from small tombs that are a bit more than a large hole in the ground to massive tombs with over 100 underground halls and chambers.
9) The artwork on the walls allows archaeologists to learn about the lives of the Pharaohs and other significant people who were buried here.
Let’s summarise what we learned:
The valley of the kings is massive. It has multiple tombs and burial chambers that represent the lives of ancient Egyptians.