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Tomb of Thutmose III Tomb of Thutmose III
Photo by Raymon Kondos
© 2009 Your Egypt

This is one of the early tombs cut in the valley and it belongs to 18th dynasty's Thutmose III.

A steep entrance leads you down to the first corridor which takes to a descending room then to another corridor that ends with a 19-meters-deep well shaft, believed to be cut to deter tomb robbers. The shaft's ceiling is decorated with yellow stars on blue background with its walls topped with a frieze.

The opposite door, which leads to the rest of the tomb, was originally sealed to hide the burial room. Through the door you arrive into the antechamberWhat does it mean? supported by two pillars.

At the end of the antechamber a staircase descends to the burial chamber which is rectangular in shape with curved corners. It looks similar to a cartoucheWhat does it mean?. The chamber is supported by two pillars and has the sarcophagusWhat does it mean? of the king. The latter is lavishly decorated with typical figures of Egyptian deities. The mummy of the Pharaoh was not found there. It was found with other mummies at a cache in DeirWhat does it mean? El-Bahari.

The decorations of the tomb are painted using plaster. The figures are stroked in a unique manner like the writings on papyrusWhat does it mean?. The walls of the antechamber have figures of hundreds of deities from the Book of Amduat. The whole book is written in cursive handwriting on the walls of the burial chamber.

An interesting scene shows the king suckled by a tree representing Goddess IsisWho is this deity?. Thutmose is shown again with his family.

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