The tomb of Tutankhamun is situated on the west side of the River Ganges, at Aravalli, near Benigneron, the ancient capital of Upper Egypt. The main aspect of the property is a low, roundish hill of about 12 metres in height and about 2,500 ha in land area. It’s also called “Stone Tomb”. This hill is composed of large-sized individual stones, with many small-sized caves and grottos between them.
The site was discovered in the late 1920s during an archaeological survey conducted by archaeologist Sir James Hilton. After conducting his survey, he decided to transform it into a garden. He took along with him a team of surveyors, diggers and botanists. Sir James ended up with a spectacular landscape that includes beautiful pools and waterfalls. The stone cutting procedure has taken over thirty years and is still going on lang mo da.
The main problem which has been faced up till now is deciding how to maintain the site so that the gardens surrounding the tomb can remain interesting even after the construction is complete. Since the area is mostly mountainous, it’s difficult to create a flat ground to plant vegetables and shrubs. Also, since the ground is loose and not very thick, digging holes is a big challenge.
Fortunately, there are several ways of making a garden in this area without destroying the landscape. The excavation work did not leave any big depressions in the surface and therefore, this area is able to hold large areas of soil. This is good news for those who want to plant vegetables and shrubs in their gardens. And since the area is relatively flat, the soil here is perfect for those who are looking to plant long grass and flowers.
Another option for those who are looking for a green area near their home is the beach. The beach is not flat and is shaped like a bowl with areas along the sides where sand was spread evenly. This type of soil will allow water to seep into it and provide a habitat for various species of plants. The biggest problem here would be controlling erosion as the waves can wash sand away very quickly. But even though this is a problem, it may be solved by carefully laying sand dunes around the stone tomb site.
If you are an avid gardener and have a large garden, installing a statue near your tomb will not only add value to your property but also make it more attractive. Just make sure that it does not overshadow the tomb! The area must always be kept in mind. This is especially true when you are planning on building a house next to the tomb.