The pyramids may be among the world's most recognised sights but it's easy to forget they are burial plots. Of all these ancient tombs, one is particularly renowned. Why did the Egyptians apparently go to so much trouble over the entombment of a 19-year-old boy royal, Tutankhamun, who probably made very few (if any) important decisions?
One answer is that Tutankhamun's tomb, unlike those of most pharaohs', was never ransacked. It is thus the most complete ancient Egyptian royal burial site ever found. The second answer is that, despite the stereotypical view of the pharaohs, Tutankhamun was one of the few kings worshipped as a god in his own lifetime.
The tomb is now empty except for the boy-king himself, his blackened face peeping out from a linen shroud, while his treasures tour the world.
10 National Heroes are buried in this world famous cemetary, war veterans!
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- Collecting lots of momentos and keeping them in a safe place
- Creating an online photo album and sharing with friends
- Keeping my personal digital photo collection to look back to
- Not really bothered about photos or momentos, the memories are in my head