Carter’s subsequent exploration of the tomb – which comprised the Antechamber, the Burial Chamber, the Treasury and the Annexe – took him until the end of 1927, by which time his team had removed the 5,398 objects they had found within. Many of the most memorable pieces seem as remarkable now as they must have done when they were created, such as the ritual beds decorated with the heads of lions or cows or the sinister Ammut, ‘the devourer of the dead’. The Golden Throne, with its radiant depictions of Tutankhamun and his wife Ankhsenamun, was declared by Carter to be ‘the most beautiful thing that has yet been found in Egypt’. The Treasury was guarded by the startling black and gold figure of Anubis, the ‘super-jackal’ who protected the dead.
The good news for Egyptologists is that, thanks to new technological developments such as CT-scanning and DNA analysis, there’s always more to be discovered. ‘Fascinating new finds continue to be made and new theories proposed about both the tomb itself and the king,’ notes Hawassi. ‘Tutankhamum’s tomb still has secrets to reveal.’
Text by Adam Sweeting @ theartsdesk.com
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