Episode 76: 54 Years of Splendour

Thutmose III (Part 10): The End of Days.

1450 to 1441 BCE. Thutmose enjoyed the last nine years of his rule with a spate of activity. He commanded a final expedition; oversaw construction work at many sites; brought his tomb to completion; and made arrangements for the succession.

Finally, the day came when Thutmose would face his creator…

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All images from Smith & Emery (1971 – 1979)



The Gebel Barkal. At far left, the “uraeus” promontory (Wikipedia)



The obelisk of Thutmose III in Istanbul (Photo: D.P.)


Thutmose III obelisk in Istanbul (Photo: D.P.)


Thutmose III obelisk in Istanbul (Photo: D.P.)

KV-34 – The Royal Tomb


The structure and shape of Thutmose III’s tomb (Richter 2008).

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Part of the painted decoration from the tomb of Thutmose III.

Text from walls of Tomb of Thutmose III (KV34)

The god Sokar in the tomb of Thutmose III


The decoration of the “well-chamber” in the tomb of Thutmose III (My Luxor)


Re (in shrine) aboard his solar barge; Hathor accompanies: the tomb of Thutmose III (My Luxor)


The sarcophagus of Thutmose III (My Luxor)


The cartouche on the lid of Thutmose’s sarcophagus (My Luxor)



Anson F. Rainey, “Amenhotep II’s Campaign to Takshy,” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt (1973) JSTOR.

Donald B. Redford, “The Coregency of Thutmosis III and Amenophis III,” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology (1965) JSTOR.

George A. Reisner, “The Viceroys of Nubia,” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology (1920) JSTOR.

Barbara A. Richter, “The Amduat and Its Relationship to the Architecture of Early 18th Dynasty Royal Burial Chambers,” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt (2008) JSTOR.


Eric Cline & David O’Connor (eds.), Thutmose III: A New Biography, 2006.

Erik Hornung, The Ancient Egyptian Books of the Afterlife, 1999.

Peter der Manuelian, Studies in the Reign of Amenophis II, 1987.

H.S. Smith & W. B. Emery, The Fortress of Buhen, 1971-1979.

Richard H. Wilkinson & Kent R. Weeks (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the Valley of the Kings, 2016.

Richard H. Wilkinson & Nicholas Reeves, The Complete Valley of the Kings, 2008.


University College London – website

SLU – website

Bernard M. Adams “My Luxor” – website

3 Comments Add yours

  1. gwood3 says:


    This episode doesn’t seem to be showing up. 😦

    Of to Turin on Thursday on a travel grant to see and photograph objects of Butehamun (got to visit the Louvre archives last month to see his famous letter to the coffin of his wife).

    Looking forward to the new episode.

    George Wood


  2. gwood3 says:

    It just popped up!

    Take care,



    1. DominicPerry says:

      Thanks George! Phew 🙂

      Have a wonderful time in Turin!


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