Thutmose III Tomb

Tomb of Tutmoses III (Photo credit: joepyrek)

The tomb of Pharaoh Thutmose III, located in Egypt. A tale of conquest, Pharaoh Thutmose III came to his title as a boy, sharing his reign with his stepmother Hatshepsut, one of the longest females to sit in power over Egypt. He expanded their territory by taking Megiddo, Canaan and Syria. When he finally ruled alone at 22, he took the empire to new heights of religion, literature, art and architecture.

The Unique Obelisk in Karnack is one of his many projects. This creativity carried over to his tomb, as well.

Thutmose died at the beginning of his 54 year. His tomb was discovered in the Valley of the Kings (KV34) circa 1898 and had been constructed in the same design as his ancestors Thutmose I and II, but with one significant variation; it was the first tomb found to contain the full story of the Book of Amduat, or book of the underworld painted on its walls. A funerary text, it was reserved for Pharaohs alone. The story is of Ra and of his journeys from the underworld and back. The idea being that this was the same quest the deceased would be taking.

Valley of the Kings (Photo credit: a rancid amoeba)

The tomb itself had been looted and vandalized, taking everything of value! Robbed of all his possessions, Priests would come in afterwards to take a Pharaoh's mummy to somewhere safer, hopefully to gain favor in the afterlife. Thutmose was moved to the hiding-place near Deir el-Bahari. Interred with his ancestors, Ahmose I, Amenhotep 1, Thutmose I and II, the priests did their best to protect the already damaged body. Luckily, for historians, Thutmose's mummified face is one of the best preserved of all Pharaohs and bares an uncanny likeness to his statues.

If you wish to see and learn more about Thutmose III, you can find him and many of his recovered artifacts in the Cairo Museum.

You can see more of the pictures from inside Thutmose III tomb at thetombs.org.

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