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Ramesses' Coffin

Ramesses’ Coffin

The wooden coffin of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses the Great
Dr. Zahi Hawass next to the coffin of Ramesses the Great
Inscriptions on the coffin of Ramesses the Great
Nigel Strudwick looking into the cave where the Royal Cache was found
Nigel Strudwick about to descend into the cave where the Royal Cache was found
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Why was he buried in a wooden coffin?

And where are his treasures of jewels and gold?

Ramesses the Second is arguably the greatest Pharaoh, and perhaps the Pharaoh with the biggest ego.   He built many towering monuments to celebrate his own majesty.  One might expect to find his mummy in an elaborate golden sarcophagus encrusted with precious jewels.

But no.  Ramesses' sarcophagus is a simple coffin made of wood.

Why such a modest coffin for such an immodest Pharaoh?

The secret is revealed in the premiere broadcast of Museum Secrets: Inside the Egyptian Museum.

The Secret of Ramesses' Gold

Historians believe that Ramesses was entombed along with a vast quantity of gold and precious gems.  But when his tomb was opened in the nineteenth century... it was empty. Who stole Ramesses' treasure?  Egyptologist Nigel Strudwick believes he knows.  And he tells us in this Web Exclusive Video:  Stolen Treasure.

Buried Secrets

Discover the hidden locations of the tombs of the pharaohs by viewing our Interactive Feature:  Valley of the KIngs.

Further Questions

Ramesses' mummy was only one of many that was moved from its original tomb.  So many were moved and hidden that when a mummy is discovered its identity is likely to be a mystery. Find out how Dr. Zahi Hawass discovered the identity of one such mummy on his web page:  The Search for Hatshepsut.

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Tombseeker • #64 • 2018-03-28 11:18:22
What about the idea that Psusennes I\'s coffin and/or mask were actually stolen from Ramses II\' tomb? I remember reading something about Psusennes recycling buildings and other stuff from Ramses\' capital city, so, would it be much of a stretch to t


purple • #93 • 2018-03-28 11:18:22
What about why Ramses II had a wooden coffin?!


yellow • #94 • 2018-03-28 11:18:23
Hellow


GOD • #95 • 2018-03-28 11:18:21
Wow it\'s so boring here...\n\nLet there be light!