You Can Virtually Tour The Egyptian Tomb Of Pharaoh Ramses VI

published Jul 13, 2020
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First discovered in 1898, the tomb of Pharaoh Ramses VI (labeled KV9) has been painstakingly unearthed and preserved by a century’s worth of archeologists. Now, for the first time, anyone who’s anyone can take a peek inside. The entire tomb has been captured virtually in 3D and can be explored in its entirety with a few clicks of the mouse.

The tomb was first built by Ramses V, the fourth pharaoh of the Twentieth dynasty in Egypt, which lasted from 1189 to 1077 BC. However, the tomb, located in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings in Luxor, was taken over by Ramses V’s uncle Ramses VI, who reigned from 1145 to 1137 BC.

The tomb, about 340 feet in length, is known for its incredibly preserved hieroglyphs, reliefs, and carvings from Ancient Egypt. These decorations cover the tomb from ceiling to floor and include funerary texts like the Book of Gates, the Book of Cavers, the Amduat, and the Book of the Dead, which were carved into the tomb to help guide Ramses VI on his journey to the afterlife.

The paintings on the ceiling are astronomical scenes dedicated to the heaven and sky goddess Nut, who swallowed the sun in the evening and gave birth to it every morning.

Tourists who physically visit the tomb can usually gain entry and see the tomb and shattered sarcophagus in person. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tour has been taken online for the foreseeable future.

Even so, no details were spared. Viewers can zoom in, look up, down, and around, and take as much time they need to check out all of the ancient art. Or, you can also click “play” and watch the 3D tour like a movie.