Chapter 1: Learning About Tut's Tomb
Updated: Aug 25
Google anything related to Egypt and tombs and the first 10,000 results are likely to center on the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in November 1922. Although 62 tombs had been discovered in the Valley of the Kings before then, Tut's was the first tomb that hadn't been completely pilfered throughout antiquity. As a result, it was the first time archaeologists and Egyptologists were able to see what a pharaoh's tomb really looked like.
The documentation of everything related to Tut's tomb is extensive. That makes research extremely easy, but also a field of rabbit holes into which it's easy to fall down (hence at 11 pm I found myself reading wikipedia pages about how Tut's parents weren't Akhenaten and Nefertiti as I'd been taught in school, a fact which still boggles my mind). Readers interested in the subject will find a plethora of information spanning primary sources, YouTube videos, etc., but for those who want a more tailored study, I found the following really cool websites that I used to educate myself:
Howard Carter's diary: http://www.griffith.ox.ac.uk/gri/4sea1not.html
Colorized photos of the inside of Tut's tomb: https://mashable.com/2015/11/04/king-tut-discovery/
This video of archival footage of the tomb and Carter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZWB5-aXMXQ
Descriptions of items inside Tut's tomb: https://books.google.com/books?id=hbQyUOLxa1wC&pg=PA98&lpg=PA98&dq=beds+in+antechamber+%2B+tomb+%2B+Hathor&source=bl&ots=tGTjAdxiwd&sig=ACfU3U11PhV0k0eZP4yvY6rZVF4Isz_BWQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiBxtrkiq3qAhW9l3IEHaBtCQwQ6AEwDHoECA0QAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false
A nice slideshow with items from the tomb in color: https://slideplayer.com/slide/12954090/
Finally, this YouTube channel has a lot of cool stuff about the tomb, including pictures of the archaeologists and Egyptologists involved: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIX7u4u4rfGFCjD2mTpG_eQ/videos
Another tomb mentioned in Chapter 1 is that of Ramses V and VI (the tomb was originally started by Ramses V and then usurped by his successor Ramses VI). The following two sites give wonderful views of the highly detailed and intricate drawings/carvings in that tomb, and provide a sense of its massive scale:
YouTube video with narration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnqm-XSPe8k
A full 3-D model of the tomb from the Egyptian Tourism Authority: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=NeiMEZa9d93&mls=1
Finally, brief mention is made of the tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu, the politically powerful parents of the pharaoh Ay and Queen Tiye, wife of the pharaoh Amenhotep III. A brief description of what was found in their tomb can be found at http://anubis4_2000.tripod.com/SpecialExhibits/YuyaTuyu.htm.
For anyone interested in Akhenaten, the wikipedia page is quite comprehensive, and surprisingly interesting.