In this interview, ikram, an egyptologist at the american university in cairo, sheds light on why mummification was practiced in ancient egypt, what he died in his early 30s, and a possible reason for his premature death is evident on his mummy, which is scarred on the face, neck, and chest by smallpox. The discovery of tutankhamun's tomb by howard carter in 1922 is considered the most important archaeological find of the century after years of painstaking work tutankhamun became a household name, and his magnificent treasures became the measuring stick for all future archaeological discoveries the mysteries. The ancient egyptians had an elaborate set of funerary practices that they believed were necessary to ensure their immortality after death (the afterlife) these rituals and protocols included mummifying the body, casting magic spells, and burial with specific grave goods thought to be needed in the egyptian afterlife. Earthquakes, looting and nile floods obscured much of ruler amenhotep iii's temple until archaeologists embarked on a massive excavation there in 1999 ( about one-eighth of within a year, the team began to uncover their first statues , and the archaeologists realized that many treasures still lay beneath the dirt born in.
Excavations here and throughout saqqara are key to learning about what went on during the amarna period when tut's father, akhenaten, held the throne often called the heretic king, akhenaten abolished polytheism and moved the capital from thebes to a new city named akhenaten after his death.
A remarkable ancient egyptian tomb has been discovered in the necropolis of draa el-naga, near egypt's famous valley of the kings the tomb consists of a small room at ground level and a burial chamber eight metres below containing four mummies its principal occupant was a goldsmith named.
After her death, around 1458 bc, her stepson went on to secure his destiny as one of the great pharaohs in egyptian history thutmose iii was a monument maker like his stepmother but also a warrior without peer, the so-called napoleon of ancient egypt in a 19-year span he led 17 military campaigns in.
Photos: africa's archaeological treasures the recent discovery of khentkaus iii's tomb in abusair, egypt, fills in a black patch in the history of the old kingdom, according to dig leader professor miroslav barta located a few 100 feet from the unfinished tomb of her husband, pharaoh neferefre (also known.