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Howard Carters House - Tutankhamun

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

What a unique experience this was for my husband and I and a group of friends ( 5 other couples). I felt like we were going back in time and living the life that a well to do 19th century family would have while they were sojourning down the Nile River. The decor of the living spaces on the second level upstairs on the upper deck looked like pieces you would see in a palace of royalty. The bedrooms on the first level that had windows that opened up just above the water level were spacious and comfortable. The bed was comfy as can be!!
The staff on the boat, and there were many, were so very attentive and tried their hardest to meet our every need and also surprised us with daily unexpected niceties and full on entertainment. The food was all homemade and delicious. Our chef was quite talented and the meals were never repeated( except for breakfast which was made to order eggs and an assortment of breads/muffins/croissants and fruit etc. Coffee and tea always available.
The tours that were scheduled for us were so well run and our Egyptologist, Ahmed , was obtaining his Ph.D in Egyptology and was so very interesting and knowledgeable. We had the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride and also a trip to Abu Simbel which were both amazing and unforgettable. After every tour we arrived back on the boat and were greeted by Tito and Adam with specialty cold lovely drinks and cold lemon scented wet towels to refresh ourselves with.
Tito took us shopping in the Luxor Market for a couple of hours the day before we left. He helped us negotiate the goods we purchased which was a huge help.
Lastly I have to mention our Dahabiya Cruise Captain, Mahmoud . This guy was amazing! He made sure we had everything we needed and kept us entertained with his humour and incredible dancing skills. Our group learned so much about the Egyptian culture from him during our dinner conversations.
Our group all agreed that we would miss these wonderful, thoughtful people that we spent a week with and hope they all knew how much we appreciated each one of them.

Joan Mancini
Travel date Sept 2021

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