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Howard Carters House - Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun was a short lived pharaoh and is yet probably the most famous. Little is known about his life as a ruler of Egypt but the discovery of his undisturbed tomb in Luxor made him world renowned in his death.
He was the son of Akhenaten and called Tutankhaten.  In c.1333BC when he was about seven years old his father died and he became Pharaoh. He reinstated Amon as the chief god of Egypt, changed his name to Tutankhamun, and moved the court from el-Armana back to Thebes (Luxor) and his father’s new capital and religion were abandoned.
Only 10 years later Tutankhamun died and his early death continues to be debated although many believe he was murdered by Aya who married his wife and succeeded to the throne.
Due to this early death his tomb in the Valley of the Kings was not ready and so a small tomb probably being cut for Aya was hastily decorated for Tutenkahmun. Then precious objects were crammed into the rooms and sealed. Subsequent landslips and the building work for the tomb of Ramesses VI buried the entrance which was to ensure its protection from Tomb Robbers for the next 3300 years.
Howard Carter had been excavating in the Valley of the Kings since 1917 and no unrobbed tomb had ever been discovered by him or any other archaeologist. He almost gave up when in November 1922 a rock-cut step was found and when the sealed entrance was discovered at the bottom of the stairway, Carter sent this to his sponsor and patron, Lord Canarvon;
“At last have made wonderful discovery in Valley a magnificent tomb with seals intact…’
Howard Carter’s telegram to Lord Carnarvon on 5 November 1922
When the tomb was opened they found the antechamber filled with what Carter described as “marvellous objects”.  There were statues, furniture, thrones, chests, alabaster vases, gold jewellery and bronze trumpets. However the greatest treasures were found in the burial chamber itself with four gilded shrines, one inside the other with the sarcophagus inside the last one. The mummy was protected by three coffins and in between each one there were dried lotus flowers, willow and olive leaves.  The third coffin was made of gold and weighed 1,140kg and the mummy itself with its beautiful golden portrait mask.
It took 10 years to catalogue and clear the tomb of its treasures and many of these are now on display in the Cairo museum. These amazing items along with the Valley of the Kings are some of the most visited sites in Egypt. To protect Tutankhamun’s tomb which is being damaged by the increased humidity caused by visitors there is now a newly opened replica of the tomb on the West Bank of Luxor. It is an exact replica of the original with the paintings and hieroglyphs painstakingly recreated to enable a new generation of visitors to see the tomb of the most famous pharaoh.

We can of course help you to discover these treasures yourself on our Egypt tours plus the replica tomb of Tutankhamun and a visit to Howard Carters house is included in our Dahabiya Dream Nile cruise holiday.
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What our clients have to say

I just wanted to drop you a few lines to express just how much Charlie and I enjoyed our trip last week. We returned home yesterday with hundreds of photos and a lifetime of memories.
I cannot thank enough, the Dream Crew, Mahmood and our wonderful guide Ahmed, for their outstanding service; nothing was too much trouble for them and they all worked tirelessly (and seamlessly) to provide exceptional service. It was without fault. Ahmed particularly was incredible, with his extensive knowledge of all things Egyptian and we wish him well with his studies finishing his PhD in Egyptology!
When the boat was caught up in a sandstorm, the crew moved our dining location downstairs to the lounge without it seems, any great effort and ensured our safety at all times. We appreciated this very much. Again, an experience we are very unlikely to every have again. Who would have thought that we would have been caught up on a sandstorm, when on a boat, sailing down the Nile? Despite being forced to moor up for longer than expected, we did not feel that we had missed out on anything and efforts were made to ensure that we made up for lost time too. What a story to tell our Grandchildren! I have been told that this was an exceptionally rare experience which makes it all the more interesting.
We have seen sights which we are not likely to see again and the ‘piece de la resistance’ was being able to go to the valley of the Kings which somehow, I had missed on the itinerary! What an absolute bonus. To be able to get inside some of the tombs and see their magnificent artwork was mind blowing.
Finally, I also wanted to praise the wonderful cook who, despite the small kitchen, produced meal after meal of wonderful food and just how he managed to get 12 plates of food out for serving at the same time, was mind blowing. We’ve been to bigger restaurants who have failed to do that for just a handful of us. The food was wonderful and to be able to get a sample of local Egyptian food to eat, was brilliant. On one occasion, he produced battered fish which was possibly the best we have ever tasted.
All in all, it has been the best holiday we have every had, thanks in no small part, to the wonderful organisation and service provided by everyone on the Dream.
Kind regards,
Susan and Charlie (aka Queen Hatshepsut and Seti I)
Travel Date March 2020

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