The Egyptian Tomb Crawl

The Egyptian Tomb Crawl

(You will need a pair of actual dice, or virtual dice can be found online at

You are an archaeologist, Dr. I. M. Klevver, working on a dig site in the Valley of the Kings. Suddenly some of the local workers come running toward you.

  • Roll a die to see how many of them are in the group. If the number rolled is odd, write 100 words; if the number is even, write 200 words in order to hear their news.

They believe they have found the entrance to a new tomb never excavated before.

  • Do a 20-minute Word War while you walk with them to the location of the new site.

Hey, who do you think you are, Indiana Jones? This is the 21st century. Nowadays, you can’t just start digging whenever you want. You have to wait until the representative from the Supreme Council of Antiquities arrives to approve the new excavation.

  • Roll one die to see how many hours it will take for him to get to your dig site. Multiply that number x 100, and write that many words while you’re waiting for official approval.
  • Oh, no! You’ve developed a case of ‘Mummy Tummy’… we told you not to drink the local water! Write as fast as you can for 5 minutes while you, er, make a run for the privy.

You have been approved to start excavating! How many workers do you have available to clear the tomb entrance? Check the Three Digits Challenge thread to find out how many workers you have today.

  • Write that many words while they clear away the sand, rubble and debris.

Check with the workers. Can you get to the entrance yet? Roll one die.

  • If the number is even, you’re good to go.
  • If the result is odd, they’re not quite done yet… Do a 100-word sprint while they finish hauling away the last baskets of rubble from the entrance.

You are now able to be lowered down with a rope to the actual door of the tomb. Everyone is filled with suspense: whose tomb is it? You can see the original seal placed on the tomb by the priests of the Theban necropolis. Roll one die to see the result.

  • 1, 2, or 3: The tomb belongs to a known pharaoh whose tomb has been lost since 1897! You’ve found it again! Celebrate! Write 200 words.
  • 4 or 5: The tomb belongs to someone completely unknown to Egyptology. This is one of the most historic finds of the century! Write 450 words.
  • 6: The tomb belongs to Ankh-es-en-amun, the widow of Tut-ankh-amun whose burial has never been found until now. Write 600 words while the SCA representative recovers from a dead faint.

At last, you are able to enter the tomb. How many chambers does the tomb contain?

  • Roll two dice and add the values to find out the total number of chambers. Multiply by 100, and write that many words while you explore the tomb to see what is there.
  • There are wonderful tomb paintings in the burial chamber! Sprint to the nearest 1000 words while you marvel at the beautiful art that hasn’t been seen since the tomb was sealed 3500 years ago.
  • How many gold artifacts did you find inside the tomb? Use the Random Number Generator at, and generate a 3-digit number . Write that many words.
  • Is there a mummy still in the sarcophagus? Do a Ten-Minute Word War to find out.
    • If your total is < 500, the mummy and the sarcophagus are gone. Only the canopic chest with the internal organs remains there.
    • If your total is > 500, congratulations! You have found an intact royal burial — the first one since Tutankhamun!

What a successful dig! Accept the accolades of your peers, and write a final Song Sprint to this song.

Hope you enjoyed your expedition to the Valley of the Kings! Post and share how much you got written during your dig!

(Originally posted by RK in Denver)


Ooh, this sounds really cool! I think I’m going to try it out when I get home.